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Hockey ref threatened by hockey dad

Police are recommending charges against a BC father who allegedly yelled threats at a referee after his son’s junior hockey game.

A 52-year-old Kamloops man confronted a referee walking to his vehicle after a game in Penticton on February 20th.

The man’s son held him back as he screamed at and threatened the referee, before punching his vehicle as he drove away.

Tyler Noble is the Referee in Chief for Kitimat Minor Hockey, as well as a Officiating Program Instructor and Evaluator.

He says abuse directed at officials is taking a toll.

He says there is hope though.

In Kitimat, young referees have encouraged their friends to get into officiating.

But he warns that could change if parents or coaches turn it into a negative experience.

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