A Vancouver Island minor hockey league has made good on a threat made last month and banned several parents from watching their children play hockey this weekend.
The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association banned five parents of midget rep hockey players — who are 15 to 18 years old — after they allegedly verbally abused players on the opposing team and referees.
"These parents, they are well aware of our intolerance of parent abuse in the stands," said Jim Humphrey, president of the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association.
"If they don't get it by now, they aren't going to get it."
The hockey association is hoping the bans send a strong message to parents and players that the game must be respectful to all.
The association is also investigating another incident involving the parent of a younger child.
"He allegedly took liberties on a 15-year old referee last week. He's standing behind his comments and he's blamed everyone but himself," Humphrey said.