Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Hockey dad pulls no punches in court fight

It's not often on the news desk that a hockey-related story comes my way, but that was the case tonight. Gracing page three of tomorrow's Globe is a story that is, as reporter Colin Freeze describes it, quixotic.

Michel Croteau, a hockey dad from New Brunswick, has been pursuing legal avenues against Hockey Canada ever since his son, Steven, failed to win the MVP award in his league nearly four years ago. The Croteau's are back in the news, because their case has most recently been rejected by the Federal Court. The elder Croteau, clearly not one easily disuaded, has made clear his intentions to pursue the matter to the Supreme Court of Canada. Ahem. From Wednesday's story:
The New Brunswicker says he formed www.hockeycroteau.com to “denounce, inform and share about problems, injustice and discrimination behaviours done to minor age hockey players in Canada.”

A clearing house for complaints by parents who find themselves on the outs with Hockey Canada, it gets scores of regular visitors. The site includes postings from the Canadian Hockey Parent Association, a startup group that says it is seeking to wrest some control of the minor leagues back from Hockey Canada.
Being in the news is apparently nothing new for Mr. Croteau. Here's an AP wire story from 2002 when the case first made headlines. And, yet another from the Globe. Has this country no shortage of over-zealous hockey parents?

2 Comments:

At 1:35 PM, June 01, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you check out that website put up by the Dad? Yikes! Holy Conspiracy Theory, Batman! Anyone who has ever worked in politics or media will recognize the writing style -- this is clearly the work of some pretty paranoid, delusional people crying out for attention. You have to feel sorry for people who are this unbalanced, and even more sorry for their children.

 
At 1:44 AM, June 02, 2005, Blogger Michael said...

Yea... I've written about this subject too. It's pretty wacky. My uncle is a hockey dad. I'll have to get his opinion on this.

Anyway... good job alerting others to this story. I wonder if he's truly being portrayed in the media up there as sympathetic.

This Mr. Croteau screwed his own son by instead of trying to get him a chance with the junior level, poor Steven is banned from playing under Hockey Canada's banner.

 

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