YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A YouTube video that’s gone viral shows an apparently furious hockey dad strike and shatter the safety glass during a youth tournament.
The incident happened last weekend at the York City Ice Arena, according to the York Revolution, which manages the rink.
The video shows the parent getting up from his seat, breaking the glass, and then continuing to point and yell. The man was apparently upset over a referee’s call, the Revolution says.
Then someone in the crowd yelled, “Way to go, Paul!”
The unidentified Florida man has been banned from the rink. He did offer to pay the $250 needed to have the glass fixed.
The Revolution says there wasn’t a problem with the glass, it’s the same stuff used in the NHL, and the man’s wedding ring caused enough concentrated force to shatter it.
“You see players get driven up against the boards in hockey, that’s a spread out blunt force on that tempered glass,” York Revolution President Eric Menzer said. “This was apparently a pinpoint, metal force and in fact it apparently broke his ring. That’s how hard he punched this glass.”
A new piece is in its place.
Thursday night, it was business as usual, where parents and players said the video has been the talk of the rink.
“It just shows you how sometimes parents are probably a little bit more over the top, overzealous than the kids are, and it’s sad,” York hockey mom Kim Reid said. “At the end of the day, it’s really about the kids and their development.”
As of late Thursday, the YouTube video had over 531,000 views.