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Hockey parent uses laser pointer to distract opposing goalie

Mar 3, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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In the realm of high school sports, people have come up with some very interesting distractions in an attempt to rattle an opposing player.

However during a recent high school girls’ ice hockey game in Massachusetts between Medley-Ashland and Winthrop, a fan decided to bring a laser pointer to the game and used it to distract the Medley-Ashland goalie by shining it at her:

With the score tied 1-1 entering the third period, the father of a Winthrop player was removed from the arena after he was caught shining a laser at the Medley-Ashland goalie.

Medway-Ashland goalie Kathryn Hamer was clearly distracted by the laser.

“It’s kind of like when you look at the sun and then you look away you see that spot and you can’t see for a couple of seconds. You shake your head and try to get it out of the system and just keep focusing, but it’s difficult,” she told WBZ-TV.

Medway-Ashland ended up losing the game by the score of 3-1 and tried to file an appeal to replay the third period after the game. Since then, that appeal has been rejected by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and it appears that the score will be unchanged.


Hockey parent uses laser on opposing goalie [Max Preps]

  1. sabatimus - Mar 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    1) Never allow this person to sporting events at that HS again; 2) the town should sue the person for 3rd degree assault; 3) the parents should file a civil suit.

    • sasquash20 - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      I agree never let him attend again. But not on the suing aspect. Get a grip.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Mar 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Was it green or red? I believe the green ones are even more dangerous than the red variety.

    • sabatimus - Mar 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      Don’t know. But there’s reasons why laser lights come with instructions not to shine into people’s eyes–enough exposure could burn out your retinas, just like looking into the sun will.

  3. skids003 - Mar 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    A parent? He should be charged and not allowed to another sporting event. I was officiating a basketball game once and I caught a fan shining one at me. I think the school principal almost broke his arm getting him out of the gym. She had seen him too.