WINTHROP (CBS) — Medway-Ashland’s girls high school hockey team lost their appeal of their playoff loss Friday, after a parent was tossed from the game for aiming a laser pointer into the eyes of their goalie.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Rod Fritz reports

Winthrop beat Medway-Ashland 3-1 on Wednesday at Larsen Rink.

The score was tied 1-1 in the third period when the father of a Winthrop player was caught pointing the laser at the Medway-Ashland goalie.

It’s kind of like when you look at the sun and then you look away you see that spot and you can’t see for a couple of seconds. You shake your head and try to get it out of the system and just keep focusing, but it’s difficult,” Medway-Ashland goalie Kathryn Hamer told WBZ-TV.

Winthrop assistant superintendent Lisa Howard went into the stands and ordered the parent out of the arena.

Parents of the Medway-Ashland players asked that the third period be replayed.

Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association spokesman Paul Wetzel told WBZ the appeal was rejected Friday afternoon.

Web Exclusive: Read The Appeal Rejection Letter (.pdf)

Winthrop will play Braintree as scheduled Saturday.

Winthrop superintendent John Macero said the father has been barred from all events involving Winthrop High School.

“I don’t know what the person was thinking,” Macero told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Friday.

“Why would you do that to both teams? Both teams, they’ve earned the right, Medway girls, the Winthrop girls, to have this opportunity to perform in a game and for someone to come in and do that inappropriate action was uncalled for.”

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports

“I think it’s important for Medway to understand that we are just as upset at this situation too, because it kind of puts a black eye on Winthrop and those kids don’t deserve that, neither does Medway.”

Macero said he may explore the possibility of criminal charges against the man.

Comments (314)
  1. fred says:

    Another unfit parent. What a loser. He deserves a good beating.

    1. blas says:

      Democrat parents – fixed it for you.

    2. Thinker says:

      Why hasn’t this “parent” arrested? What he did was obviously worse than running out on to the ice to disrupt play.

      “Winthrop assistant superintendent Lisa Howard went into the stands and ordered the parent out of the arena.”

      This is seemingly criminal vandalism. This damage impacts students chances at scholarships. This was much worse and more financially damaging than busting windows.

      In any case, the entire team can probably file a class action civil suit and sue this “parent” for everything he is worth.

      1. Justin Haines says:

        They could but they certainly wouldn’t win anything.

      2. Jeff says:

        Not sure what a class-action has to do with anything, or how it fits here. But the goalie could certainly sue for battery, and would likely win. Shining a laser light into someone eyes, no matter what the purpose, should be good for both civil and criminal charges–and the fact he did it with intent to win a hockey game should make punitive damages available in a civil action and enhanced a criminal one. Hope they do both.

      3. Thinker says:

        A class action is possible since everyone of the Medway-Ashland hockey team were impacted by the malice of this parent. The loss of potential to make it to state championship is highly valuable to the potential for scholarships. They also are entitled to restitution for emotional damage. This goes well beyond the goalie specifically because it was perpetrated during a game situation: All those that were impacted (including members of the Winthrop team) deserve financial revenge in substitution for the untampered game play they deserved.

      4. ricado says:

        sue, sue, sue…you must be an ambulance chaser lawyer. look the guy screwed up was humiliated. let it go. get a life.
        oh, i forgot you also want him arrested. yes, first sue, then have someone arrested. shows the typical lib mentality.

      5. p3orion says:

        C’mon Ricado, this isn’t a political question. I agree that the suggestion of a class-action suit is probably over-the-top, because losing a game is simply not a big deal as far as “damages” go.

        But hell yes the guy deserves more than simply being ejected from a game, and it’s not just liberals who would think so. I’m one of the most conservative people I know, and I think the man is clearly guilty of assault and should be criminally charged as such.

        What’s more, if it were MY kid he was blinding with a laser pointer, you can bet that I would be up on assault charges too!

      6. Hector says:

        “…and for someone to come in and do that inappropriate action was uncalled for.”

        Inappropriate action?

        Hockeydad is right: the man should be in jail. The sick quote above shows the pathetic mindset that’s taken over schools. Inappropriate action. Farting in public is inappropriate. Attempting to blind a minor child is a crime. He’s not a meanie. He’s a felon.

        But at least we have the answer to Hockeydad’s implicit question. He’s not in jail because educators and school officials have lost their judgments and collective minds.

      7. david5300 says:

        There are 2 yypes of lazers, the common red , there is also the green lazer that will cause perminate eye injury

      8. Sandra Livermore says:

        After the coup and cover up much of the daily news is orchestrated by unelected officials who took over Washington and the media. Disqus commenting systems were knocked out today to prevent the truth from spreading.

        We have no president, no democracy, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

      9. Joel D. Mrosek says:

        I give the Asst. Superintendent a lot of credit to go into the stands and confront this loser. It is far too common for those in authority to shrink away due to the abundance of violence allowed on people in authority. I am guessing in the old days this would never happen because the crowd wouldn’t allow violence against someone in authority. I applaud your conviction to restoring order in society, Ms. Howard. You set a fine example for everyone in attendance!

      10. don says:

        How would you split one laser pointer and a bottle of Bud.

      11. Thinker says:

        I’m a libertarian, not a liberal. The game is not just a game…It has consequences to the students- games cost substantial money to set up. If the ice had melted in the third period due to an accident, they would have replayed the third period at some future time and the town/government would have picked up the bill. If someone had vandalized rink freezing machine, they would have been liable for the damage to the ice machine and the cost of facilitating the rink to replay the third period. Screwing up the third period with a laser pointer is no different than screwing with the ice machine: the vandal is liable for the damage and treble damages due to the malice.

      12. Steve K. says:

        What Are girls doing playing hockey anyway/ Hasn’t womwn’s basketball been a big enough insult to sports?

      13. OCMichael says:

        Vandalism? It’s ASSAULT! He could have caused permanent eye damage. Someone should make a pinata out of the SOB.

      14. Thinker says:

        The assault was on the goalie- and would apply independent of whether a game was occurring or not. The game has tangible valuable. Most people here seem to be missing that fact. If the game has tangible value- based on the costs of facilitating it and based on the potential consequences for the students that are playing it- Anyone maliciously attacking by intentionally unbalancing the fairness of game- which this “father” is alleged to have been doing- is legally subject to law suits seeking restitution.

        My view is that assault and vandalism both probably occurred and can be pursued in criminal and civil courts. But the vandalism probably could lead to greater judgments, especially if there is no medical proof of damage to the eyes due to this incident.

        I am not a lawyer, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. ;)

      15. Thinker says:

        In Defense of Sports: The Difference between “Sports Law”
        and “Entertainment Law” – And Why It Matters
        By Alan S. Goldberger

        Those attorneys involved in defending claims arising out of
        college, scholastic, youth and recreational sports programs often
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        nonprofessional sports both have their share of labor law, I. P.,
        negligence, and contract issues, amateur sports presents
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        government sponsored and proprietary entity sponsored sport
        programs and activities. While professional sports has seen the
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        states, the nonprofessional sports segment has witnessed the
        proliferation of codified law in any number of substantive areas,
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        • Tort: federal and state volunteer immunity legislation, immunity
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        volunteer tort immunity statutes for licensed sports officials;
        • Administrative: mandated criminal background checks for
        coaches, officials and volunteers; statutorily authorized athletic
        code of conduct legislation and regulations; athletic trainer
        • Criminal: statutes providing for enhanced criminal penalties for
        assaults on officials and coaches, anti-hazing legislation, and
        penal sanctions for those disrupting sports events.

      16. Thinker says:

        “*Placing, dropping, tossing or hurling any substance or object in Yankee Stadium is a crime punishable by fine and/or imprisonment as well as a civil penalty of up to $5,000. Entering the playing field, disrupting a game and/or attempting any physical contact with a sports or event participant is a crime punishable by fine and/or imprisonment as well as a civil penalty of up to $25,000.

      17. krp says:

        This isn’t criminal vandalism. This should be assault, or willful endangerment. This person blinded the goalie, so she could have been seriously injured.

        The parent should not have been ordered out of the arena. What is offensive is that he was still able to leave the arena under his own power. The laser pointer should have been physically removed from his possession and returned to him via his anal cavity, and then he should have had his kneecaps broken. Then and only then should be have been removed from the premises – in handcuffs – and into a police car.

      18. Koedo says:

        This parent should be charged with assault. Laser pointers have a wavelength in the red spectrum, about 690 nm. This wavelength at low power can temporarily blind a person. This no different than actually putting his hands on her which is battery. He used the laser to extend his reach and interfere.

    3. James says:

      well it would be funny if it weren’t so true.

      otherwise the guy should be have one eye laz’d until blind. Moron buttwipe

    4. Leroy Jenkins says:

      Sounjds moree like a republicon parent, they are pedophiles too.

      1. Sandra Johnson says:

        You must be this man’s son.

      2. david5300 says:

        more likly to be a libatard

      3. bigbill says:

        easy with the words

      4. TMA1 says:

        Leroy – Pedophilia is supported by you Lib/Commies – you may want to learn to pay attentiuon to who you are supporting and who you are against. Your pointing your finger to the wrong people. It is ALWAYS Lib/Commie/Dem Judges and Representatives who defend Pedophilia NOT Conservatives.
        I can give you a list a mile long of these supporters starting with BO himself followed by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Ried. Now if you liuke I can lead you to the proof. Also, take a look at who Nambla is giving thier money to. OH NO! It’s gont to the Lib/Commie/Dems – thats you! You can not name even one Conservative or Republican that does support it.

      5. george says:

        I have heard most NAMBLA money is given by Rush to Catholic Church for relocation fund.

    5. kettlecorn says:

      Leroy, you sound like sound ignorant inbred hick. Learn to spell you Obama teabagging moron.

      1. bigbill says:

        LMFAO u tell ’em

    6. Mel says:

      This guy should have been litterally thrown from the top of the stands. Moron.

    7. taunt the goalie says:

      Fair game to taunt the players. It’s just bread and circuses, and you liberal, neo-conservative losers are too drunk and stoopid to know it.

    8. George Washington says:

      The White House has issued calls to all journalists, to report on meaningless issues, like this, to deflect attention away from the failed Obama presidency.

      This story proves it.

      1. Mike0oSS says:

        HaHa! Nice one, this is “local” news. The rest of the country didn’t need the info.

    9. Nancy McCarthy says:

      Shame on the MIAA for the stand they chose not to take. The Parent with the Laser should be banned from High School sports. This should not be considered a win for Winthrop, it is a black eye in their otherwise noteworthy athletic history.

    10. Uomo Del Ghiaccio says:

      Why interject politics? Regardless of politics the laser toting Dad is a moron and should be banned from High School Sports.

      1. GFM says:

        Why interject politics? The guy was a moron, ergo a liberal.

      2. Scott says:

        GFM is clearly a republican, and ALSO a moron. Whaddya know? They exist on both sides!

    11. gibson45 says:

      The movie Idiocracy comes to mind..

    12. SovereignMary says:

      We’ve got some really sick examples of parenting by knuckle-dragging mental amoeba’s. This idiot could have permanently blinded the goalie.

    13. Hockeydad says:

      That parent should have been arrested for assault.

    14. Rog says:

      Typical hockey parent from what I can tell. I deal with these a-holes all the time when they stay at our hotel for tournaments. Drunken, undisicplined, ‘more dollars than sense’ people-with-children (not real parents-they don’t deserve that tag). I hope he gets what is coming to him, because he will deserve it.

      1. Rog says:

        …and yes, while it may be a generalization-it sure as hell doesn’t make it any less true.

      2. DJ says:

        Your description doesn’t fit the “typical hockey parent” I’ve known over the years, although I have seen this in baseball leagues. I hope the disrespect you show online doesn’t carry over into real life and cause your employers business. I know I wouldn’t hire you.

    15. Nute Rockne says:

      ricado, I assure you, I am no liberal and I want this man arrested, fined, and put on trial for his actions. He is a dispicable human being, who if he has so little regard for this girl, what and how does he treat his family? LOCK HIM UP.

      1. Truth Monger says:

        Why waste time with arrests and trials……point an industrial laser at his nutz and turn it on for a minute…………………

      2. Sue says:

        I agree that he should be held accountable for his actions 100 & 10 %
        I feel sorry for his daughter I am assuming she was on the other team. How does this poor girl feel knowing what her father has done to another player?
        Its crazy.

    16. bigbill says:

      I’ll hold ’em u hit ’em

      what a loser is right

      how would u like to be his little girl this week?

      Hockey dads, most never played hockey themselves

    17. danny says:

      Why don’t they name this fool of a father?

      1. John_B says:

        I would guess it is because he is very well connected in the community somehow. But I agree, I am waiting to see his mug shot in an update.

    18. Hal says:

      It seems that many parents today have never grown up. They carry on as if they were still in junior high. —

    19. boston area says:

      What a cheat of a man, nothing but a coward. I thought fathers are the protectors of the young. I thought fathers are to set good examples for all to admire.

      Lasers are considered weapons. Look at what the police do to people who shine lasers at airplanes; helicopters; police cars; police helicopters; etc.

      Was he trying to burn the cornea of the girl’s eyes and blind her?

      Either way, it’s pre-meditated assault. With intent. The whole 9 yards.

      Many years in prison for that daddy along with 75,000 hours of community service.

      Have a nice day, bad father.

    20. joe camel says:

      I can think of a good place to put that laser pointer

  2. dan says:


    1. TWC says:

      Not dan, though. It’s pretty clear he grew up.

      1. Mariah Baker says:

        Just another dumb made up story after the coup and cover up. We have no democracy, no president, and freedom of press means the government dictates the daily news.

        Fact of the matter is our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

      2. caligula says:

        Mariah, how much do you stooges get paid to spam that pap all over internet boards?

      3. greg says:

        cali, the going grey-market rate for that sort of spam is 5-20 cents per post.

      4. Scocope says:

        It is not “Mariah Baker” who is posting this conspiracy crap. The poster’s name is a nutjob by the name of Aaron Fleszar. Google the name and notice how many times the word “crazy” is also concluded. The man needs some help and our prayers.

      5. baby says:

        Wow, I just looked at this ‘Mariah Baker’s’ website…and she’s mentally ill. I hope you have a good shrink.

      6. david5300 says:

        Mariaha : Dear you forgot to take your meds again!

    2. Mrs Gilbertson says:

      Dan, your cap lock is stuck.

      1. mjazz says:

        And it’s “their”, not “there”.

    3. Ginny Felch says:

      You mean “their” not “there.”

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      2. david5300 says:

        You will recieve dispensation if you were taught at a government school

      3. Sandra says:

        Thank you. Incorrect punctuation bothers me, too.

      4. bigbill says:

        GRow up or go home

      5. bigbill says:

        only women get annoyed at misspelling grow up

        get ova youself

    4. Gummint Skool Illiter8s says:


      Some products of government schools never achieve literacy. They demonstrate their illiteracy through their Internet comments.

      1. McSorley says:

        $20 says he has twice as much of a chance of “pleasing” a woman as you do.

      2. Julie says:

        Some people use voice-recognition software because they are blind or can’t type with THEIR hands… I’ve seen many of them have caps lock stuck on too. Give a break people…

      3. GFM says:

        McSorley: The only way you could please a woman is by leaving the building. What a moronic comment.

      4. krp says:

        In what way to please a woman? By keeping abortion legal, like Clinton did?

        There the woman who wrote in 2004 someone along the lines of “If a soldier is willing to die for his country in Iraq, then just imagine what he would do in the bedroom to please a woman.” To please a woman in THAT WAY requires a MAN, a REAL MAN. Not one of these wussified liberals.

  3. Mary says:

    was this stunt really worth painting your kid, team, town and family as not good enough to compete; resorting to unsportsman like conduct and cheating ? i truly feel sorry for the kid – every accomplishment will now be looked on suspiciously, did she or didn’t she or parent cheat to make it happen. not to mention the distrust parent created in the relationship. it’s truly disgusting !

  4. Joey says:

    who would do that? it is funny if it’s on The Simpsons but in a real life? come on! shame on you!

    1. John_B says:

      Actually, no, it isn’t funny on the Simpson’s either. If you laughed then, you shouldn’t be bothered by this clown.

      Personally,I think he should be charged both criminally and civilly. His kid should be forced to sit out the season too. Society has gone so far down hill its time to make the children responsible for their parents behavior.

      1. caligula says:

        oh god. another moron who thinks cartoons are reality. you know when Bugs hit Elmer with the hammer, it didn’t really hurt him, right? he’s a drawing. and yes, it IS funny.

      2. John_B says:

        You call someone names and I am the moron, I see you things work in your mind. Humor didn’t always dip to the lowest common denominator. The lowest common denominator just became the humorist is all.

      3. Scooby says:

        The kid should NOT be punished for the sins of the parent. That is like saying any kid who has a parent in jail should be looked on with suspiscion. That is not right and not fair to the child. It is a shame what this parent did. It is not the kids fault. I’m pretty sure this kid is as horified by what her parent did as is the rest of us.

  5. Michael says:

    I completely agree Fred. What a freakin’ LOSER!

    I also feel badly for the kid, knowing that her father is such a loser. How embarressing for her to have to live with that. Talk about pushing your kid away and bad parenting…

  6. Dave_D says:

    Forget about the forfeit or replay. But, prosecute the parent. The parent’s behavior was outrageous and very dangerous. Throw the book at him. I would think that a case could easily be made for a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.

    Hockey is a dangerous enough of a sport. It is outrageous for someone to add to the danger by distracting or, worse, temporarily blinding players.

    1. dave says:

      Yes, prosecute him! he deserves the death penalty! that goalie may never recover her health the rest of life! A deadly weapon? I guess you better prosecute every member of both teams too! wow, get a life people.

      1. richhenk says:

        Dave_D said nothing about the death penalty, he simply suggested they throw a book at him.Way to freak out about nothing though.

      2. Batman says:

        you must be the loser

      3. John_B says:

        Dave, did you know that you can blind a person with a laser? No? Maybe you should have payed better attention is school. If they were looking for someone with a laser in the crowd, he had to have used it on her more than once. If she were my kid I would be tempted to take her goalie stick to him but I’d settle for letting the courts decide.

      4. Charlie says:

        You do realize that shining a laser into anyone’s eyes is a criminal offense at the federal level, don’t you? This is an extremely damaging instrument when applied to the human eye.


      5. GFM says:

        My son and his friends were playing with a laser pointer in a mall – just shining it around, but a security guard grabbed him and arrested him (14 yo). Some pathetic liberal tried to claim he’d been temporarily “blinded.” I did plenty of medical and criminal research on this, believe me. It turns out that there is no way you could be blinded by commercially available laser devices; they have way too little power. The estimate was that you would have to hold it up to your eye and stare at it for 10 minutes before enough heat would be generated to do permanent damage. It was thoughtless, possibly malicious, but all you do is toss the guy. This instinctive desire to overwhelmingly punish someone for a simple transgression is a sickness. You want to sue him, arrest him, make him lose his job — it’s always liberals that are the most intolerant.

      6. Allah_speaking says:

        dave, you do understand it is a Federal offense to point a laser at an aircraft or it’s flight path?

        I’m just guessing that potential retinal damage is ok with you?
        dave, I have a suggestion, turn off your computer, and go slither back under a rock.
        You strike me as stupid as the person that actually pointed the laser in the first place.

  7. NikW says:

    What is wrong with people. This guy should be disciplined severly and they should make the kids play over again.

    1. NikW says:

      They shoudn’t let the guys kid play either.

      1. sullyinma says:

        And exactly why should the girl be banned from playing? She had nothing to do with what her father did.

        I would feel sorry for anyone that was on trial with you on the jury. You would probably sentence them to life in prision for speeding.

        Good lord, get a grip, will ya!

      2. NikW says:

        NO but the father will have to explain why sad for the kid but that is the way it goes.

      3. tsalnew says:

        NikW………………..really? The sins of the father? Not so much

      4. gramps says:

        The only why to stop these ‘helicopter parents’ is to toss their kid’s out of the progam!

        It’ll send a message the the rest of them…..

        Do you realize how fast a puck travels?

        This guy should be charged with attempted murder!


      5. John_B says:

        I agree with you NikW. The kid suffers the parents behavior off of the ice, she should take partial responsibility for his actions. Maybe they will both learn something out of it (i doubt the dad will in any case). If she wants to defend her right to play, let her testify against the dad in court “he is always playing with that laser thing…”

      6. NikW says:

        I really think it stinks the kid will need to suffer but the parent needs to apoligize to the child.

      7. tomSERVO says:

        I wouldn’t go as far as banning the child unless she was somehow involved, but I think a disqualification of the team in question should have been a no-brainer.

      8. tomSERVO says:

        sullyinma [“I would feel sorry for anyone that was on trial with you on the jury. You would probably sentence them to life in prision for speeding.”

        — “Willful misconduct generally means a knowing violation of a reasonable and uniformly enforced rule or policy. It means intentionally doing that which should not be done or intentionally failing to do that which should be done, knowing that injury to a person will probably result or recklessly disregarding the possibility that injury to a person may result. ”

        — “Reckless endangerment is a crime consisting of acts that create a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person. The accused person isn’t required to intend the resulting or potential harm, but must have acted in a way that showed a disregard for the foreseeable consequences of the actions.”


        Pretty much both of those apply here and neither is anywhere near the trivial level of a speeding ticket. But then again I somehow tend to assume you are not all that well versed in legal matters.

    2. Reba says:

      In golf, the kid would be disqualified–tough on the kid, but it keeps the parents in line. Of course most youth golf events keep parents off the course entirely. The MIAA is way off base on this one. If the game isn’t an automatic forfeit by the team of the offending parent then it should be re-played or at minimum the 3rd period should be re-played. Even if this guy gets prosecuted and convicted, he has achieved his goal of his daughter’s team winning. What message is that sending?

  8. mikey says:

    Hmm, tough call. I wouldn’t want to penalize the kids, but nail the parent. Criminal charges of endangerment of a child. I can just see the stink if a goalie was distracted and got hurt, and then said they were blinded by the pointer as they were slammed into.

    As to the game, there needs to be a careful assessment of the impact. Did the pointer affect play after it was used? Was there even a possibility that it might have? Or even if the goalie was ‘gun shy’ and off her game after the incident? If so, then the game should be replayed.

    If there were or are ANY indications players knew about this, then the game should be FORFEIT!

  9. WesWelkerFan says:

    I don’t agree with NikW. You don’t punish the child for sins of the parents. The game should be replayed from the start of the third period. The girl should play unless she knew her father was going to do that and went along with it. If that’s the case, kick her off the team and whatever spring & fall team she plays on too.

    1. NikW says:

      I respect that. However, what could you charge the father with. I understand but not letting the daughter play unfortunatly may wake up the dad. This is NOT his first time.

      1. tsalnew says:

        when did it get to the point where it was all right to use a child as punishment for a parent?

      2. fred says:

        Don’t punish the child for the sins of the father.

      3. SuzQ says:

        charge the father with reckless endangerment and post his photo along with what he did banner style on the front page of the newspaper. Perhaps the embarrassment will make him think. A day in the stocks couldn’t hurt…

    2. Mike says:

      This is how people feel about immigration, why shouldn’t it apply here.

      1. NikW says:

        Unfortunatly this guy will get a slap on the wrist and the other kids who could have won the game lost because of this jerk. The only way to punish him is to not let his kid play.

      2. Ren says:

        So Mike, you want to make this a logical analogy here hmm?
        Well it isn’t, let’s demonstrate.
        For sake of argument let us say you are correct.
        That the sons and daughters of illegal immigrants shouldn’t be punished for ‘sins’ of their parents, just as here, the daughter of the laser pointer wielding jingoist should not be punished for his ‘sin’.
        Should then the daughter of the laser pointer jingoist receive the benefit of his said crime? Should the daughter revel in a victory caused by her father’s laser pointing/immigrating?

        Get back to me, I’m subscribing to the reply.

  10. brilliant says:

    They need to escalate Fines and Punishments for misuse of laser devices.
    Really put the hurt on those that do STUPID things with them.

    How in l the availability of these things even got to the point of being sold in gumball machines and now availability on Ebay with stronger output power. is begging for a non reversible accident BLINDING someone or cause moment blindness and yes DEATH.

    LASERS aren’t toys never were toys… I just started working for a company and a stock worker was screwing around in the warehouse of a Major electronic Co in Franklin with one. , good thing that beam never came in my direction.

    I have had two experiences myself with dimwits with lasers.

    Whats needed is to drop the hammer on these people big time. if anymore useless laws in this state could give ground for a common sense law of regulating the misuse of lasers..

    I like gizmo’s just like anyone else , but people need to stop being stupid with these things kids should have them at all.

    Miss Howard should have got his Name at least called the police and have him charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. this is so wrong this guy was not cuffed… but coming from “The Jock mentality” atmospheres, it Par for the coarse.

    1. Cat fight ! says:

      (kids shouldn’t have them at all) got a bit glazed over as the censorship panic squad would not take my post for the sixth time.

    2. stokes says:

      Why don’t we create a trillion dollar government agency to regulate them. Lighten up. You sound kinda shrill.

      1. Cat fight ! says:

        When common sense fails this is a reasonable result … i would rather chop his hands off ..what sounds better? you ask the girl who’s face got struck with that beam.. your a dolt. .

    3. Ren says:

      If you apply your “lets make a law for it” analogy to say, dating, where someone may use their body and personality to harm someone else—it would totally follow!
      Does that make your logic correct?
      Your premise is incorrect.
      You don’t need a law for that.
      You need to figure out why ONE adult male ACTED like a child and used a laser pointer. You’ll waste so much money on frivolous lawsuits, for one, and two, you won’t stop the problem of adults acting like children.

      1. Trafalgar says:

        you Ren and stokes are classic examples of whats wrong with the world.

      2. tomSERVO says:

        You don’t need to make a law where a law already exists. Reckless endangerment and willful misconduct are already crimes that can run the gamut from misdemeanor to felony.

  11. emom says:

    Time to ban parents from their kids games, If they can not behave then they can not attend… What will it take to get through to these people,,, Plus a laser is dangerous what in the heck was he even thinking, Well there is another Fine mess a parent has caused…

  12. jaygee says:

    Just when you think that the definition of MORON has reached it’s peak, a new entry into Idiot of the Year comes on the scene. I think that under the circumstances, his name should have been published. Now…..what would be the appropriate punishment for this clown of clowns? Any ideas?

    1. tsalnew says:

      that;s a tough one but a great question. I thought of standing him on a street corner with a sign on his chest. Maybe cleaning locker room but that doesn’t seem enough. Let him walk around for a week with a blindfold. Too harsh?

      1. tsalnew says:

        Or volunteer work at Perkins School for the Blind if they’d take him.

  13. Rob Cleary says:

    Isn’t living in Winthrop punishment enough?

  14. Steve says:

    I’m sure Bush is somehow at fault.

    1. Cat fight ! says:

      I hear that a lot…

  15. John Wolf says:

    Simple, assault and battery. Should be both civil and criminal sanctions.

    This is dangerous and should not be tolerated.

  16. Calvin Hobbes says:

    If one of my kids was on the ice, I would have pounded and stomped this guy into the ground!

    1. jimbo says:

      Then you are an even bigger idiot than this guy.

      1. tomSERVO says:

        If you had a kid and the guy permanently blinded him or her (which can happen with a laser pointer) so his kid’s team could score a goal past him or her, I’d hope for your kid’s sake you wouldn’t be satisfied with the guy just being tossed from the game.

        I’m as non-violent a person as you will ever find, but were it that moron doing that to my kid, “pounding and stomping” is not strong enough to describe what my reaction would be. More like the moron “praying for death but not getting it.”

        People need to wake up. There is good in this world and there is evil in this world, and there are times good has to bust out the “baseball bat of righteousness” and introduce it to evil via a quick swinging motion.

        A grown adult, and parent no less, willfully attempting to harm my child will not be eating solid food again for a very very long time.

  17. Jeffrey Shultz says:

    This is a prime example of the value of bringing back stocks on the Boston Common. There is nothing more chastening than one’s entire community, including its children, passing by, pointing and laughing at the fool for his moronic behavior.

    Of course, the ACLU would instantly file for a “Cruel and Unusual” injunction thereby validating this method of punishment in the minds of (non-liberal) Americans.

    1. Cat fight ! says:

      or a just, sound beat down … eFF ACLU… their killing my country.

  18. Joe says:

    How about charging the parent with assault?! Lasers can perminantly damage eyes, so his actions could have hurt the girl for life. He should have been lead out of the rink in handcuffs. I hope the girl has his name so that she can file a civil suit against him for any damage to her sight.

    What a complete lowlife. Hope his girl can’t get into a hockey college with his history.

    1. jimbo says:

      What about terrorism? I’m sure that the Patriot Act can be expanded to include brandishing a high tech weapon like this. Send him to the Gulag at Gitmo. Then let’s water-board him until he confesses his sins.

      Joe, you are being a lunatic. He was at a girls hockey game. That is punishment enough.

      1. tomSERVO says:

        Waterboarding is a ridiculous suggestion. I’d torture the guy instead.

        And I wouldn’t need to use the justice system at all, unless that is you count the vigilante justice system part of the criminal justice system.

        As far as criminal violations, this is a pretty obvious case of wreckless endangerment (likely misdemeanor but possibly a felony though felony is usually applied in lethal weapon situations), attempted assault, assault, and/or willful misconduct.

  19. theJackal says:

    Typical liberals, win at all costs, even if it means hurting kids. Losers!

    1. bigbill says:

      guys from Winthrop cant be liberals, they are not smart enuf to vote, wait maybe u r right

      any way, lasers can blind a child, what a way to win a kids hockey game. I bet this loser dresses up as a Marine on Memorial Day and Veterans Day with someone else’s uniform & Medals looking for free drinks

      Throw him in jail for assault on a child

  20. Ken says:

    It would be charitable to call this guy a moron.

  21. Tom says:

    What is this clown’s name ?

    Why is he being protected – and not prosecuted ?

  22. brad says:

    The Winthrop father must be related to the Harding family. He should go to jail like those thugs did.

  23. Steve says:

    I bet it was Karl Rove.

  24. Cat fight ! says:

    Years ago the lowly LASER was mostly around .5mw and certainly no less dangerous

    Now LASERS modules can be got so easy and far more powerful 10mw blue ray diode’s can burn material feet away .. stiff fines and jail time need to be applied to offenders before a catastrophe happens .. This is serious.
    this story need to be followed up.

    1. Ren says:

      What power was his laser?

      1. jimbo says:

        From all of the fussing going on here you would think it was a light saber

      2. Trafalgar says:

        Thats’ irrelevant.

      3. CommonCents says:

        This wavelength can cause permanent retinal damage regardless of ‘power’.

        It’s time for people to be severely prosecuted for endangering vision/health.

    2. J. Random Dryveby says:

      Handheld laser pointers are usually Class II or Class III lasers. MOST of the laser pointers I’ve seen have been Class III.

      Class II lasers can do eye damage, but the flinch reflex will GENERALLY happen fast enough to prevent it. Class III lasers do eye damage BEFORE the flinch response has kicked in.

      The green laser pointers you see these days are all Class III lasers. I’ve watched sidewalk street vendors in Bangkok use them to put bright spots on the sides of buildings half a block away and 20 stories up, from vantage points a few blocks away.

      Daddy with the laser needs to spend some serious time in jail for felony assault.

      1. Trafalgar says:

        Thanks ..was getting winded… the dolt onslaught is sickening.

  25. WickedFunny says:

    It figures this would happen in and around Boston. People around there don’t know how to act when it comes to sports. Witness Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots fans.

    1. Cat fight ! says:

      No argument ..something in the genetic makeup of sports fans that brings out the scraped knuckle effect in our state. Vancouver and England . But we haven burned cars and buildings yet..just starting with retina’s i guess

  26. mrs know it all says:

    It worked.

    1. Sandra Johnson says:

      You must be this man’s wife!

  27. joe says:

    If the guy winds up dead in an alley somewhere, father of the goalie will be Suspect #1.

    1. Hammuh says:

      I know the father of the goalie; play old guy hockey with him. He won’t do anything to the Winthrop guy. Me? That’s another story…

  28. joe blo says:

    Stick the parent with the eye exams for the players and go for criminal charges.

  29. Jerry Frey says:

    What an a***ole…

  30. JohnC says:

    If you father was found driving drunk should you also have your license suspended?

    1. John_B says:

      Your logic makes no sense. Try, if your mom helped you make a cake for the neighbors in order to make them sick, should you both be charged?

  31. tomfromalgonquin says:

    Why wasn’t this man arrested for assualt?

  32. elron says:

    There is a lot funny in this story. First, girls hockey…har, har, har. Second, a person who is stupid enough to watch it. Third, a parent who let’s their child play it. Fourth, a parent that cares enough to do this. Fifth, being so stupid as to get caught. Sixth, writing a story on it. And sadly seventh, me being dumb enough to comment.

    1. John_B says:

      you replying should have been first so you could have stopped there. The rest probably made you tired thinking of what to say.

      1. elron says:

        Down the list chronologically, but first in truth, John. Kisses.

    2. Jeff Gracer says:

      Love it. Girls hockey. Ha ha ha ha ha. The joke is anyone that was at this game.

      1. Allah_speaking says:

        Troll… let me send your wife a burqa…to save your wife the embarrassment of having to walk down the street in public with you.

  33. Jeff D. says:

    What a ridiculous and childish thing to do. Shining lasers into someones eyes has the potential to cause damage to the retina. That guy should be charged. What an idiot.

    1. elron says:

      You ever been to a night club or a rock concert John?

      I know, let’s make it a Federal hate crime to heckle any player at any sporting event. Better yet, why don’t we include all political events as well. Then the whole country will be free of both enthusiasm and dissension in your dull socialist utopia.

      I just gotta laugh every time I think of actually watching it…. girls hockey.

  34. Shelley says:

    they should have been given an automatic win. what a horrible decision.

  35. 2112PA says:

    I’ve coached youth hockey for 12 years at all levels and Tiers and I have to tell you, the best thing USA hockey could do is remove the parents from the program. I had maybe 3 or 4 players that have been problems and an easy 20 jerk-wad parents spanning 12 years. We’ve had winning seasons and 50/50 seasons and even and undefeated season….and I still had to deal with dingbat parents

  36. Min says:

    What do you expect for a sport that embraces and encourages player on player violence? I’ve been to hockey games where parents are cheering as the 14 and 15 year olds are throwing punches at each other. I was just at a game the other night when a kid from the opposing team got hit and was clearly hurt and parents were laughing it up and calling him a cry baby. It is sickening.

    Why is this behavior acceptable in hockey whereas in an equally violent sport like football, there is zero tolerance?

  37. MrLogical says:

    He should be named, and charged with “risk of injury to a minor” and brought before a court. This misdeed cannot be swept aside, and must be resolved in the court system. If I were the parent of the goalie, I’d also pursue a civil action against the man.

  38. blowing air says:

    Tossing the guy out of the stands doesn’t change the fact that the cheating and ill-won victory is allowed to stand.

  39. hack says:

    Get a life people. Half of the people commenting here want to hang the guy. Granted he screwed up but his daughter shouldn’t be held responsible for his actions. This is exactly what’s wrong with society these days. Let’s all pass judgement based on a stupid article some hack wrote.

    BTW does anyone proof read before they hit “Submit Comment”? Just curious. It’s like nobody got out of 4th grade English.

    1. Mrs Gilbertson says:

      Hack, you should have a comma after “granted”, “screwed-up, and “BTW”.

      You should have spelled out “by the way”.

      You should have put the word “the” before “Submit Comment”.

      “Just curious” is a sentence fragment.

      “4th” should be spelled out.

      “nobody” should be “no one”

      In the last sentence “like” should be “as if”.

      In the last sentence “got out of” would be stronger as “passed”

      1. CKAinRedStateUSA says:

        Should we applaud your editorial skills or lament your unwillingness or inability to respond to the comment?

    2. derp says:

      Commenting on commenting is much more lame and indicative of the need for a life than any of your petty and judgmental complaints.

      1. J Jackson says:

        What about commenting on commenting on a comment?

    3. Hammuh says:

      Hang the guy. Sounds good to me. Hey, anybody got any rope?

  40. Jack Altrade says:

    You’re out of your mind. Charges for creating “risk”? We’re talking about a girls HOCKEY game.

  41. David Axelrod says:

    Press charges and send the A.S.S.H.O.L.E to jail ….

  42. redsox941 says:

    Pointing a laser at somenes eyes will burn a hole in there retina.Its not like shining a regular light or a flash. It will punch a small hole and cause permanent damage .I hope they check this girl for damage ,press charges and then go after the idiotfor financial damages.

  43. Boots says:

    Why is this guys name not in the paper? A public shaming is appropriate…. since we can’t stone him.

  44. AtlasObjectivist says:

    Typical act of a liberal.

  45. Dev says:

    Go Bruins!!! Stanley Cup Champs…wooooo hoooooo

  46. Bob in St. Paul, MN says:

    I live in MN, the state of Hockey. Girls playing hockey is ALOT of fun to watch, they are energetic and play their hearts out, all of them. As for the parent, put him in goal shine a laser beam at him and let the opposing team fire slapshots at his dumb, inconsiderate ass. Then ban him, and if the girl goalie has any damages sue the snot out of him. His daughter is not the criminal or the dumb ass. Leave her be.

  47. dgor says:

    It’s O.K. for the dead to Vote for Obama

  48. stanley says:

    Not fair to the losing team. Goalies are unique people, After a stunt like that, the goalie will be a wreck. Not fair to either team. My .02 the game should be replayed.

  49. WilliamPenn says:

    Had the goalie been MY kid, this guy’d have zero teeth left.

  50. billnorris says:

    He should be charged with assault. he is one stupid POS. He should pay any medical bills.

  51. Dan L says:

    Probably an Obama supporter. Liberals cheat at everything.

    1. Trafalgar says:

      lots of customers by blinding people for Obot theftcare mandate

  52. CommonCents says:

    This wavelength can cause permanent retinal damage regardless of ‘power’.

    It’s time for people to be severely prosecuted for endangering vision/health.

  53. elevenhundred says:

    Jail him and file a civil case. I worked in a laser lab for years and have seen second hand that even a few seconds of those lasers will cause you to permanently lose part of your red color perception.

  54. Dave says:

    Criminal charges and a huge lawsuit are just what this guy needs. A good beating from the injured girl’s father would be appropriate, too.

  55. cheetah says:

    Why don’t they publish the guy’s name? It seems like this is a criminal offense, haven’t people been prosecuted for pointing lasers inside the cockpits of planes? Haven’t pilots claimed disability for being hit by a laser in the eyes.

    Seems like this goaltender was assaulted. Why is it just the school authorities involved in dealing punishment.

  56. A says:

    you need a license to fish & drive but any dumb prick can become a parent

  57. PeteZ says:

    My son, in college, has been a goalie for 10 years. I’d hate to see what he and his team would do to that parent after the game….

  58. Always Right says:

    The father is a criminal and should be charged with assault and battery. It is against the law in most states to point a laser at another persons eyes. It is against Federal law to point lasers at airplanes and choppers. Criminals in California have been sent to prison for laser assault and battery. Lasers can permanently blind and disable. The father belongs in prison!

    1. GFM says:

      Wrong. Firstly, the girl was on a hockey rink, not in an airplane or other airborne vehicle. Secondly, in California you can be arrested for smoking a cigarette in your own house. Thirdly, he wouldn’t go to prison for first-time assaut and battery, and there was no completed battery in this case. Fourthly, lasers that are commercially available are far to weak to impart any lasting (or even temporary) damage from the distance we are talking about; they would have to be nearly point blank, and the irradiation maintained for some minutes. They also are of the wrong frequency to be truly harmful.

      My conclusion is that you received your public school education in that ground zero of liberal insanity, California. (Now write back and tell me you were born in Switzerland).

  59. Mike says:

    I think Goldfinger was going to cut off James Bond’s testicles with one of those things.
    That would be a good punishment for anyone dumb enough to shine something like that in someone’s eyes.

  60. bert says:

    i have seen and heard of fathers living vicariously through their sons’ sports activities, but a father and his daughter’s??? ice hocquet?? BIZARRE!! GO RON PAUL!!

  61. F Stockton says:

    This man should be prosecuted. Using any device to blind someone, even if temporarily, is an assault.

  62. Chicago Jack says:

    Ya know I lived up there in Greenwich for a while as a kid, played there, lived and still live in Chicago and played here and a big fan, but this stuff today with all this money involved gets these parents whacky .

    And we really did only play for the fun and this was in the 70s and 80s. Our parents just encouraged us.

    Especially in the inner cities. Our pro sports have corrupted society in so many unforeseen ways you just can’t begin to calculate the damage.

  63. joeamerican says:

    Mariah Baker should have been aborted by her commie Mommie……she is a complete waste of oxygen. She is living proof that liberalism/progressivism are dangerous mental disorders.

  64. joeamerican says:

    TIm Thomas is now my favorite NHL player! He showed B Huessein Obama, that he doesnt have time for phonies,frauds, commies, radicals or foreigners in the whitte house!

  65. Trafalgar says:

    ‘ All LASER products offered in commerce in the U.S. must be registered with the FDA, REGARDLESS of output(hint)
    Utah it is a class C misdemeanor to point a LASER at a law Enforcement officer and is an infraction to point a Laser at moving vehicle.
    But i find strange its ok to expose drivers BY law enforcement with a LASER .
    I drift…. the brick work i lay shows its not something to fool with
    Too many incidents left the door open for this to be addressed. LASER;s with me was just a passing interest working years ago in electronics, which started with HeNe’s
    today’s diode’s are very powerful unlike the past 10 or so years.
    Exposure to artificial optical radiation is nothing to make little of. and these fans who make it less than a dangerous past time still know how dangerous they are That’s why i even include .95mw to even .5mw can has serious injury.. these zit faced thrill seekers find fun to play with. and they are bound to hurt someone.

    amplified light exposure is serious and i thought a RF burn was bad..
    why havent Doctors piped in on this matter…………………………….

  66. Ricardoh says:

    I would tar and feather this guy in heart beat. What a low life. Anyone that stupid should not be walking among us.

  67. Bilbo says:

    This can cause eye damage…why isn’t he under arrest?

  68. MAL says:

    They should charge him with felonious stupidity and the judge should order him sterilized so he can’t have any more children to humiliate and his genes can’t degrade the gene pool!!!!! Then he should be ordered to repeat elementery school wearing a dunce cap that says ” I’m too dumb to be an adult”. It’s a crime that simpletons like him are allowed to vote..

  69. Mike Eldridge says:

    After reading the rejection letter I feel that the MIAA are a gutless bunch of hacks unable to make a judgement call of this appeal. The referee has the control of the game on the ice…..this was an incident off the ice during a playoff game. Therefore a decision should of been rendered from those who pay the referee….thus their inability to use common sense and wisdom instead of hiding behind a technicality.

  70. Lh says:

    What is scary, these kind of people vote.

  71. Bernie says:

    Can you imagine the embarassment his daughter must feel?

    It is one thing to have your parent go over the top yelling and acting a fool but to possibly cause permanent damage to the eyesight of a young girl is simply criminal.

  72. calonzap says:

    Is it any wonder that our society is full of 2-bit, good-for-nothing kids when what they have for role models is human garbage like this male animal. I can’t bring myself to call him a man, because a man is the farthest thing from what he is.

  73. fatherof4 says:

    there ought to be a charge of assault because it could have caused eye damage.

    1. Hockey Dad says:


      I’m thinking this guy may not have known lasers can cause permanent damage to the eye(s). Regardless, it was pathetic, moronic behavior which may very well have caused this young lady permanent eye damage. A jail sentence is more than justified and needed in my opinion. Though one shouldn’t be made an example to emphasize a point, perhaps a still sentence could get the message out. My sympathies to the player and to this lowlife’s daughter.

  74. Al Phresceaux says:

    This guy should not be allowed to attend any event, of any kind for, say, 20 years. I mean sporting events, graduations, weddings, funerals, parades, birthday parties, anywhere two or more are gathered.

  75. 1stackmack says:

    why can’t parents stay out of the game.l actually saw it today in the woburn bowl a drome.before my friday night league got going at 6 tonight.a young girl,around 10 or so,as being brought almost to tears for every ball thrown.even if it just missed the shot.every one in the league was watcher her father belittle her on every ball.for anyone who’s ever bowled candlepin knows its not an easy game to master.that wy there’s never been a perfect game.but for this parent to drill his 10 year old daughter in a game thats suppose to fun.shame shame. and l think everyone in my league what to knock him out.or at least say something,but without embarrassing her..let the kids have fun in there sports or whatever its suppose to be fun.

  76. Concerned Mom of 5 says:

    The crowd should have cut out the eyes of the laser wielder. What a complete degenerate.

    I guess your Dad looks pretty smart now, eh sweetie? I would have divorced this jerk long ago. Hopefully you and your mom will “see the light” and drop this sleaze bag from your lives.

  77. Mark Matis says:

    Soccer Moms ain’t got NOTHIN’ on Hickey Dads! But the dude just needs to go IR next time…

  78. gc says:

    Loud bikers hate it too.

  79. Cat fight says:

    I get the impression that banning him from any sports event is the most horrid revenge or punishment to impose on anyone. After reading some of these posts some of these comments sounds like if any of these people are so bent on sports that if they were banned from any sports event you would find them hanging by the neck the next morning. talk about fanaticism.

    Shows what is important to people… continue and talk about the game ..screw the idea that a girl was assaulted and the clown who did it walked off scot free.

    and the very people who we trust with words of wisdom, doctors , law enforcement, seam mute on what is a dangerous act.
    i know we cant make laws for ever blessed act against people. But laws were made to guard against vigilantism.
    The way things are going i think some may be getting more warm to the idea of taking matters into our own hands since there is no longer justice and stupidity runs rampant.

  80. Mr.Fitnah says:

    What a vile person.

  81. Roger748 says:

    Blame it on Bush!

  82. Blue Spruce says:

    He should get jail time.

  83. i8pikachu says:

    What a first world problem.

    1. Cat fight says:

      Well you know… when innocent kids get messed with, Its kinda nice to know some people care and support a victim .. you just worry about worldly ills and we tend our own trivial problems .. The world acknowledges your concern.

  84. skyhook says:

    maybe he thought the goalie was a cat

  85. Fed Up With MIAA says:

    Just as big a part of this story is the continued unbelievable decisions coming out of the MIAA. They cost a high school team a Super Bowl win because a player raised his hand in victory as he scores the winning touchdown, and now thinks it’s okay for Winthrop to win this way? I understand the players did nothing wrong, but due to a parent’s action, Winthrop was given an unfair advantage – basically the parent assaulted Medway players and cheated FOR the team. How can the MIAA rule this game shouldn’t be replayed??? Who are these morons anyway?? Get rid of that board so they stop condoning cheating and robbing teams over minute things.

  86. HereComesTrouble says:

    Another over-the-top stoopid parent thinking his kid will go to the big leagues because of his ranting, or in this case lasering. I feel SO bad for his kid. What an embarrassment!

  87. Geoff says:

    It seems to me the team should forfeit the game and the parent should be charged with a crime. How is that not the obvious resolution to this?

  88. Mike Merryman says:

    Damn Lasertarians!

  89. OregonSnowman says:

    This reminds me of the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan incident a number of years ago. And just like then, the individual who perpetrated the crime should do some serious jail time.

  90. Tim says:

    Tossed from the game????? This low life ought to be arrested for assault! These things can cause permanent damage to the eyes.

  91. GB says:

    Girls hockey? C’mon–that’s an oxymoron, isn’t it?

  92. roger says:

    Whilst I never read all the comments, I had to wonder why no one asked, “why did he have a laser at a hockey match. was it premaditation on his part?”

  93. roger says:

    Oops sorry folk’s, we all know how to spell premeditation!!

  94. stinkin says:

    these things can cause permanent blindness,. this should be labelled an assault.

  95. Rasher says:

    As of Saturday morning,this story does not appear in the Winthrop news web site?

  96. yourdream says:

    The teaser on this article said”parent tossed from stands”. So of course I had to read the article–after reading the article that is exactly what should have happened to this idiot. Tossed from the stands by other parents would have been appropriate.

    1. Mannie says:

      Tossed from the stands by other parents would have been appropriate.

      Ayep. On a ballistic trajectory.

      As it is, he should be charged with Aggravated Assault. A laser pointer is potentially damaging to the eyes. Let him live his life as a convicted felon, the scum.

  97. charles says:

    What do people expect? Hockey attracts the lowest denominator of humanity there is.

  98. James Horton says:

    If this is a true story, then the team this guys daughter plays on should’ve been made to forfeit the game. Instead, the school district tells the losing team, “oh well, guess you’ll just have to accept your fate. Better luck next time”.

  99. HansJurgen says:

    If I were this girl’s father, this thug would live in fear for the rest of his life!

  100. Chuck says:

    Criminal charges??? Ya Think????? How about starting with “Assault”?

  101. alaskalad says:

    When in doubt, sue somebody.

  102. Jeffrey Douglass Sr. says:

    A number of years ago the popular bumper sticker “He who dies with the most toys wins”, spoke loudly for the importance of winning in American. It would not surprise me if this parent had one on his car.

  103. jamman says:

    If Winthrop’s coach had ethics, he would refuse the win and ask the game to be replayed, or concede the game to his opponent.

  104. Boogie says:

    Good for him, there shouldn’t be sports and games where one team wins and the other doesn’t. All teams should tie for first and everyone given a prize. This team that “so called won” probably has better players or cheated in some way. This brave father recognized this, and tried to make the game more fair.

  105. Bobby says:

    Why didn’t the others do anything?

  106. NAME says:

    Yes, get rid of those 10 commandments (Oh, we did) and let EVERYONE make their own rules. Well they have…the rules now, “Does this work for ME? Who cares about anyone else!” That is they way it is. Everyone is out for himself/herself alone.

  107. FormerUSAFofficer says:

    The person should have been arrested for battery upon a child (use of a weapon with the intent to cause bodily harm – causing the blinding of the victim’s eyes with the use of a weapon.

  108. dj says:

    intentially blinding the goalie should be considered assault, as the golaie hs puck shot at her at high speed. Parent should be banned, the other team should be disqualified.

  109. Neo Noircat says:

    Caught cheating, yet they are allowed to keep their stolen position in the play-offs. Sounds like the New England Patriots.

  110. CollegeHockeyKid51 says:

    What a lack of class…If someone did that to my goalie I’d jump into the stands in full gear and stick that laser pointer in a very awkward place. They need to tie his hands behind his back, put him on the ice with the entire squad that he disadvantaged and let them kick the tar out of him…Proves that parents can be goons out there just as much as any skater.

  111. SteveT says:

    These idiots who think aiming a laser at someone’s eyes is no big deal and shouldn’t have legal consequences are like the morons who stand out in their front yard and shine lasers up at police helicopters. But notice what happens to them: They are put in handcuffs and taken to jail, charged with assault and endangerment. The police pilot ends up getting his eyes examined at an emergency room. The cops don’t think it’s a joke. They think it’s a big deal and so do eye doctors.

  112. Helloseekers says:

    We own a restaurant. We serve a lot of local youth sports teams for their banquets and post-season events. We have football, soccer, basketball, baseball and hockey teams frequent our place.

    Out of those sports I listed, the worst two, in ascending order, are baseball and hockey. Parents who are loud and drunk, kids who are ill behaved and destructive. Moms who don’t supervise their sons, fathers who don’t supervise their sons…Yell at one of the little jerks for trying to wreck your place and you’ll have a lather-mouthed drunk adult imbecile in your face in a second…

  113. NIck757 says:

    Can’t be a better example for kids than this guy. Ironically, the kids have better judgement.

  114. Gomer says:

    The man should be shot, his family banished from the U.S.A., the school closed, the opposing team made national champions

  115. david5300 says:

    He should be charged with multipal crimes including assault and battery

  116. kcsparky says:

    Explore the “thought” of criminal charges? Are you freakin’ kidding? This monkeybutt should be charged with felonious assault and be behind bars right now. This girl is very lucky that she is not blind. Just what the $#@! is wrong with people in New England? Idiots!!!!!!

  117. Robert says:

    As stupid as this father was, the comments of some of these posters has me even more depressed.

    OK, let’s start with the “blindness” analysis. I don’t know if lasers can or cannot cause permanent damage. What I do know is that if it at least temporarily blinded the goalie, as I have to believe was the parent’s intention, then that alone should constitute assault. You all do realize that this is a sporting event, with people and objects flying at hight speeds, and that being blinded in such a position potentially puts someone at tremendous physical risk, yes? If you don’t think so, then I’ll put you out on the court blindfolded and see how well you do. Let’s not even mention how wrong it was for him to interfere in the first place: I hope we haven’t gotten so far gone that I actually have to explain this to anyone.

    Second, the comments about it being “just girl’s hockey” has to be some of the most disgusting sexism I’ve seen in a long time. There’s nothing more that needs to be said about that.

    Third, what is wrong with you people anymore that you have to somehow shoehorn everything into politics? Half of you are calling the parent a liberal, and the other half are calling the people who want to punish the parent liberal. I have no idea what they are, and I don’t care (and no, I’m not one either, not like that matters). This has nothing to do with politics. This has to do with a parent who has so lost the plot that he honestly thought there was nothing wrong with this.

    Get your heads straight, people. You’re looking as idiotic as this parent.

    1. bigbill says:

      Robert, u r an idiot

      2nd paragraph, 2nd sentence

      ” I don’t know if lasers can or cannot cause permanent damage”

      shut up, you dont know jack, depressed? u must be a liberal from winthrop and sit to pee

      1. Robert says:

        If that was meant to be a satire on the kind of comments I was referring to it wasn’t half bad.

      2. GFM says:

        With what “felony” should this person be charged? Since they cannot damage snything, permanently or otherwise? The parent was a disgrace, and it was right that he be ejected, but at most he should be charged with misdemeanor disturbing the peace. Why try to make him into some sort of Hitler? What’s wrong with you liberals; you always want to totally eviscerate anyone who is reported in the newspapers… Seems like a vicarious way to get sick gratification to me. I guess you are just glad that you haven’t been caught yet, in your meaningless and petty transgressions. Sick people, the Left.

      3. mikey says:

        “Since they cannot damage snything, permanently or otherwise?”

        I keep hearing this BS. If this laser was in fact a ‘green’ laser, it’s quite possible this was an astronomical laser and it CAN damage things. The know-nothings out there think you cannot buy lasers that can damage things, but that is just plain not true.

        But, even it it were the simple red lasers you can buy at Wal-Mart and have the cat chase for fun, it is quite dangerous to shine that at someone in a situation where they could be hurt.

        Think the cops would take a dim view of you standing on the side of the highway and shining your flashlight at oncoming cars? Now think of the reaction the cops SHOULD have of someone shining a distracting light, never mind the red or green issue, at a kid in a hockey game where inattention could lead to a serious and PERMANENTLY debilitating injury…

        The guy NEEDS to be arrested and charged…

    2. Robert says:

      So did any of the people replying to my post actually read more than the first few sentences (I stated I’m not a liberal, and both of the first two people replying to it called me one anyway), or is there some serious intended page disruption going on here? I normally am slow to assume it, but the utter lack of any critical thought in these replies is making it easy to believe.

  118. Mike G says:

    Let me guess, it is all George Bush’s fault.

  119. Harrison says:

    The MIAA blew it on this one. Just have Winthrop forfeit the game the same as they would for having non-eligible players.

  120. Namaste says:

    Shining a laser into someone’s eye is dangerous and can cause permanent visual damage, Shining a laser into the cockpit of an airplane can land someone 20 years in prison. This parent is a very sick person who disregarded the welfare and personal safety of a minor. He should be charged with assault, and the game should be an automatic forfeit. Cheating should not be rewarded.

  121. MichaelH says:

    The act has NO political significance whatever, in my opinion. blaming liberals makes no sense (I’m a conservative). It’s a criminal act, plain and simple. The guy should be charged wit criminal mischief

  122. bigbill says:





  123. bigbill says:

    that was for kettlecorn, got get ’em

  124. Joe Golfendude says:

    Another Liberal doing what they do… That’s all.

  125. jenny says:

    My kids played high school sports and I was on the athletic booster club. This guy is not that far off from the typical parent.

  126. Me says:

    I had thought that pointing lasers at someone with the intent to blind them is a federal offense.

    Why is this person not in custody?

  127. UyeahU says:

    I will NEVER understand parents, especially of elementary age children, who scream, curse, start fights, hurl racist names at other children or their parents. I saw a T-ball game of five or six year old kids disrupted, the victim of some knucklehead parent calling a child or parent (not sure which) a racial insult. Suddenly half the parents of one team were grabbing their kids and heading for their cars, leaving everyone who did not witness the incident extremely confused. Who were the losers? The kids, who were learning to play baseball! They didn’t learn how to win or lose gracefully, they didn’t learn what it means to compete, or be a member of a team. What they learned was stupidity, bigotry, anger and poor judgment on display. Good job, knuckleheads.

  128. OldOllie says:

    Oooo…they actually kicked him out of the game? I’ll bet THAT will teach him a lesson.

    Of course it won’t teach him the same lesson as if he were arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery and armed criminal action.

    1. Mike0oSS says:

      Come on Oldfyart, this was a kids indiscretion. The kids should have settled this outside in the parking lot. They would probably be fast friends by now. I know the kids I had a good tussle with became some of my best friends after the fact.

  129. Michelle Discher says:

    This man should have been ARRESTED, no doubt about it. My son suffered permanent damage to his left eye. He’d had 20/20 vision till an idiot in his 8th grade class turned around and shone a laser in his eye–for fun. My son has to wear glasses to correct the damage.
    It is a federal offense, a felony offense to aim even the tiniest laser at passing aircraft. So why did this man not face charges. That young lady may have permanent eye damage!

  130. TMA1 says:

    Any bets this idiot is a Lib/Commie?

  131. MrLogical says:

    Why hasn’t this guy been arrested for risk of injury to a minor? The local PD and DA need to get off their arses and put this guy behind bars and in front of a judge.

  132. Justaniceguy says:

    He should be beaten so badly he goes blind.

  133. wayne gretzky says:

    who would ever think girls hockey would even be worth watching

  134. Larry Pierson says:

    Not only should the Medway team have won their appeal (the ruling only encourages cheating in the future) but much more importantly, this was a very, very dangerous stunt. Lasers, even very weak ones, can do permanent damage to the eye. And since they don’t disperse or spread out, it doesn’t matter how close or far away the assailant was when he shined that laser in the goalie’s eyes.

  135. Chris says:

    I hope they charge the dad with assault to make a statement that this will not be tolerated.

  136. Eric says:

    Criminal charges? ABSOLUTELY! Why weren’t the police summoned immediately? That guys needs to be given lessons in salad-tossing for a good, long time.

  137. george says:

    they should have voided the game and replayed later with no parents or fans allowed in stadium.

  138. Matt Thompson says:

    @ricado “Typical lib mentality”? Since when is a sue happy society split down party lines these days? It should never have gotten past a few of the opposing team parents taking a quick break during the second period to get some fresh air about the time laser scientist got tossed out. It’s really hard to ID folks in a winter night outside the 495…sure, poo poo a little righteous vigilantiasm…think stupid behavior might wane when folks know karma is just around the corner?

    BTW, ricado, can I buy an “r”?

  139. Matt Thompson says:

    I stand corrected, third period…what left/right wing wacko will read something into that mistake?

  140. Tannerjack says:

    There is a God. Winthrop lost to Braintree today! Hope you have a good lawyer Loserdad. You’re gonna need one!

  141. KP says:

    Upon reading the appeal rejection, THAT is what’s really infuriating. Stupid people like this dad are to be expected, but that’s where common sense needs to come in. It obviously wasn’t fair, so it needs to be played again. Period.

  142. Confused says:

    How the heck are you people turning this into a political debate?

  143. Matt Thompson says:

    BLINDNESS CAN OCCUR: For those of you poo pooing this as being an alarmist, over-the-top reaction, here is a warning taken directly from the Star Pointer, an astronomical pointing laser like the one shown in the picture accompanying this article: 1/4 second exposure is claimed as all it takes to result in permanent damage.

    So seriously, doesn’t anyone have family in Chelsea that could take care of this all quiet like?

    “Safety Precautions

    Safety precautions must be followed when using the SkyPointer™. The beam should never be allowed to enter the eye. Although instant permanent blindness will not occur with a momentary, glancing exposure, visual damage could occur if the beam is allowed to enter the eye and fall upon the same area of the retina for more than about 1/4 second. This is an unlikely occurrence, given the aversion and blink reflex, however, all precautions should always be followed to avoid direct eye exposure.”

    1. Cat fight says:

      The masses are lost ..glazed over from tech talk.
      Star Pointer tm… doe’s nothing as well as mentioning wavelength to people
      if your not a lab scientist or not in optical work. they will ALL have NO clue.
      how dangerous all lasers are i brought up the .95mw laser as one of the weakest commercial made devices as an analogy .. which still was lost to most…

      thats why people who one would assume like a doctor or optical scientist would chime in on this …

      its not being over the top. and even the news brings this up and does a good job reporting these things when it happens..

      whats needed is a voice from media , scientists , lab workers, , doctors, and air line unions need to say what they think of this issue . all lasers are NOT toys. and anyone not taking this is anything but serious . is endangering people

      lasers are not toys , cat toys (even worse), amusement play toys.

      lasers are all scientific devices . and used in products unfortunatly made for the general public…

      Concentrated light is concentrated light.. its powerful and any medical professional will tell you that.

      But so much can only seep through in a haze of beer.

  144. truth says:

    The absolute AHOLE father that did this should be arrested also. And whats his name it should be made public?

  145. UnfortunatelyIcanBelievethis says:

    What this parent did is wrong. And should be held accountable.
    However – the MIAA could have corrected this, by letting the teams replay the contest. An AWFUL decision by the MIAA – but they are better than the rest and untouchable.
    At this point, only the administration of Winthrop can do the right thing, and teach their athletic scholars a BIG lesson, by not attending the next playoff game out of protest. That should get their point across to the MIAA big wigs.

  146. Me says:

    Why didn’t Winthrop lose the game? He could have blinded that girl…automatic disqualification.

  147. mark says:

    wow. bostonians truly are beyond racist. no matter what the story. no matter who was involved. no matter what the incident. it’s always obama’s fault. you people are why the country is failing. it’s because of you, look in a mirror. you voted for bush, gave him a pass for 8 years with his illegal wars, human rights violations and terrible economic policies and kept quiet. only now do you and the tim tnomas’ of the world speak up, but it’s nothing to do with obama. it’s about his socialist policies. i doubt if any of you even know what socialism really is. i’m also sure if mccain was president he wouldn’t have gone to the white house because he’s so principaled. sure, and i have a bridge to sell you in brooklyn.

    1. Matt Thompson says:

      Your command of the subjunctive underlines your salient points…not everything is a political platform. If you’re going to be a Paul supporter, you must have grown a thicker skin than this by now…personal responsibility is apolitical.

    2. bigbill says:

      Didn’t happen in Boston, and Mass is the most liberal state in the nation, no one here defends Bush or his 8 year “illegal” war, we defend America, and no this event has nothing to do with Obama, but the nation is weakening to a point where things like this happen because the USA has lost its direction and its soul under a socialist.

      Your comment is ridiculous and incorrect, do your homework before you pass judgement, Mass. is ruled by Democrats, ever heard of the Kennedys? and Boston is the center of learning in the nation, which, it appears, you need some of

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