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Hockey dad banned for tirade

A Winnipeg father has been banned from hockey arenas for the rest of the season following a verbal tirade at a minor hockey game that was caught on video and posted to the Internet.

Terry Kirkham of Hockey Winnipeg says a letter has been sent to Jason Boyd informing him he's banned from all arenas for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

Video from the Monday game shows Boyd yelling his disapproval when a referee called a hit to one of his son's opponents a head shot, calling the injured defenceman a "midget" who would not have been struck in the head if he was taller.

It shows Boyd, who was holding a baby, then get into a heated argument with the camera holder and with Chuck Kitson, whose 15-year-old son Emerson was on the receiving end of the hit.

In the footage, Kitson approaches Boyd over the midget comment. "I touched him with a single finger and said 'excuse me,'" Kitson said.

The one-minute clip uploaded to YouTube then shows Boyd threatening to "cave his (expletive) glasses in" if Kitson touched him again. It had about 75,000 views as of Friday evening.

"I was quite angry that somebody would be yelling when my son is lying on the ice, and calling him names," Kitson said Friday.

"I mean he wasn't moving, and this fellow was oblivious to everyone around him."

Boyd said in a statement that he wishes to "sincerely apologize" to Kitson and his son for his "unacceptable behaviour" during the game.

"I cannot and will not try to justify or excuse my actions. I had a significant lapse in judgment and for that I am truly sorry," Boyd said, adding he supports moves by minor hockey leagues to reduce "parent confrontations" at games.

The Canadian Press


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