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Canadian youth hockey player, 11, suspended for making threats, racist comments

Dec 3, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

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Kids say the darnedest anti-Semitic, racist things. We take you now to St. Albert, Alberta — just outside of Edmonton. It’s a place where kids can do kid things, like play hockey and hurl racist insults at their teammates. Um, what? Allegedly that’s what happened on a St. Albert Minor Hockey Association team, after multiple reports of an 11-year-old player making racist comments and phyaical threats toward teammates. Yep, 11.

During a team outing, allegedly, the team’s goalie made anti-Semitic remarks to a teammate. The mother of the targeted player told the St. Albert Gazette:

“We all went to an Oil Kings’ game on Friday and on the bus, the goalie of our team called my son a “f****** Jew,” she said, adding this player later told her son that Nazis killed Jews.

“Two parents came to me and said their sons came home in tears because (my son) had been treated so badly on the bus and they were so upset about it,” she said.

She asked her son about the incident and he confirmed the allegations.

During the team’s Sunday practice, the same player asked her son to “go away” and later threatened to kill him if he didn’t comply.

A second player from the same team, an 11-year-old biracial forward, told his parents this week that the same goalie targeted him at the beginning of the month.

The goalie told him “Your mom should go back to Africa where she belongs.”


The league investigated the verbal attacks and has suspended the player responsible. But some parents are complaining that that wasn’t enough, and want the player banned permanently. At any rate, a big kerfuffle in St. Albert.

There are no such problems in Russian pee wee hockey, by the way. Over there, kids hate each other regardless of race, creed or color.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Yeeeeeaaaah, kids don’t just make up that stuff without having heard it first. Follow that thread back a bit and find out where it came from…

  2. cur68 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I’m frankly stunned that anything’s being done about it, actually. I grew up in Edmonton (St. Albert is little more than an Edmonton suburb) and talk like that was a daily occurrence. I counted it a good day if I didn’t have to lay hands on someone saying the equivalent of “go home N-word” to me or a family member. In fact, given what was said, how old the kid is, and where he lives, I bet I know that kid’s parents. My my. How times have changed. Now the other kids go home in tears and so on because someone used a racial taunt. Used to be you couldn’t get the little beggars to even admit that anything was said at all. Now they’re ratting each other out unbidden. Who says the world is getting worse? If this is proof of anything its that this shit is LESS tolerated rather than more.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      Spot on Cur. When I was in school (many years ago)…bullying didn’t happen because kids intervened.
      I was raised to intervene. Most kids were raised to intervene. If I saw someone picking on a smaller classmate I stepped in. That is what I compare this racist, anti-semitic nonesense too. Kids are taught that it is not to be tolerated. While it is certainly a terrible reflection on the offending kid and his parents…it speaks well of the kids who went home and told their parents about it.
      Although a couple of teammates pounding this kid into submission would have also done the trick.