WINTHROP (CBS) – The father accused of pointing a laser into the eyes of a high school hockey goalie will face criminal charges.

According to Winthrop Police, 42-year-old Joseph Cordes will be charged with disturbing the peace.

Last Wednesday, Cordes, the father of a Winthrop girls hockey player, was caught pointing the laser at the Medway-Ashland goalie. Winthrop Assistant Superintendent Lisa Howard went into the stands and ordered him out of the arena.

“I wish I could undo it,” Cordes tells WBZ-TV. “I feel like a complete jerk. It was very stupid, completely immature for a 42-year-old man to be doing that.”

Winthrop went on to win the game 3-1.

Cordes was barred from all events involving Winthrop High School.

“My daughter, the humiliation I put her through is sickening to tell you the truth,” says Cordes.

Medway-Ashland goalie Kathryn Hamer told WBZ-TV that the laser affected her play.

“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,” she said.

Parents of the Medway-Ashland players asked that the third period be replayed. The MIAA rejected that request.

“I don’t know what the person was thinking,” Winthrop Superintendent John 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.

“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.”

Comments (205)
  1. 1mikeo says:

    assault cannot be charged? since when? assault on a minor? this is the lamest charge out there. malicious intent? please, if this happened to his daughter? surely, one can see, he, a blue collar worker would want blood. what? not blue collar you say. whoa I would, like Romney, bet money he did not get past high school, if he graduated at all.GED type of guy! an idiot’s idiot… bad his daughter and friends get to read what an A/hole he is. my answer is he is a screener at logan.

  2. Frank says:

    He’s banned from all games. He can’t see his kids play ball. Hit him with a big fine and garnish his pay to cover all eye related medical bills for the goalie for life. That should about do it…..

  3. Jay says:

    He doesn’t care or know why he did was wrong. The only reason he feels bad and dumb is because he got caught the guys a p.o.s. as for a punishment he should have to work at the opposing school as a janitor for two months picking up their trash and maintaining the school so he can be publicly humiliated and won’t do something this stupid again.

  4. jc says:

    Why not charge him with criminal stupidity. What a moron.

    1. Jeff says:

      The good news is that despite the fact that people like you want to take this “crime” to a ridiculous new level of outrage, the government has not made stupidity a crime.

      Get a life

  5. Dave_D says:

    If that guy is only 42 years old, then it is pretty clear what was going on that night.

    He might want to consider checking into rehab.

  6. Raycm says:

    He should be charged with assault. His daughter’s team should have forfeited so no parent will do anything like it again.

    1. Alex says:

      Good idea!

    2. gunslinger says:

      Then every losing team will be demanding a forfeit from every trivial infraction by somebody who supports the opposing team. Why open that can of worms.

  7. Chris_F says:

    As a hockey coach, this sort of thing turns my stomach. USA Hockey and state hockey governing bodies are working hard to clean up the game and make it safer for kids. Guys like this give a great sport a bad name, and I sincerely hope he is criminally prosecuted and banned from future games.

    1. John Reder says:

      Get off your high horse. Hockey, at all levels cultivates idiotic and aggressive behavior. As a coach, you know this as well as anyone.

  8. BlackBeaver says:

    This man is a moron. He deserves to be sued. And the conference officials are little better. Why not replay the period to preserve some amount of integrity? How shallow a victory won by an outsider endangering a player!

  9. Rusty Shackelford says:

    I’m glad that the guy is facing some criminal charges because of what he did. There is NO excuse. I mean, seriously, is the outcome of a high school hockey game that important to this man’s emotional well being that he has to try to cheat to ensure his daughter’s team wins?
    Look, anybody who has played organized sports, at any level, has dealt with aggresive “sports parents” who act like their 8 year old’s little league game is game 7 of the World Series. I’ve seen parents scream at their kids for making bad plays, mock players on the other team who were not good, etc. That’s bad enough that they can’t just let the kids play. But when it escalates into a parent trying to actively interfere with the game, things have gone too far. I’ve always been an advocate for the position that when parents do these things, their children should be removed from the team. I know it might sound unfair to the kid, but that’s about the only threat that might get parents to not do stuff like this. Let daddy have to explain to his daughter that she can’t play high school hockey anymore because he can’t act like a grown a** man.

  10. FormerUSAFofficer says:

    Punishment should be that the police should be ordered to focus his laser pen on his eyes during his kid’s next hockey match during the full game to see if damage can or cannot be done to one’s sight by the laser. If there is damage to his eyesight – he has paid for his criime. If there is not damage – no harm & no foul and give him his laser back.

    1. J Kellington says:

      I’m glad that your service in the USAF is in the past. A person with as poor judgment as you and as vindictive has no place in the service of this country.

      1. nunyabiz says:

        @J Kellington it is unfortunate that your service as a poster is in the present. You seem not to understand what sarcasm is. Because of this ,you attack a former service member for which you know nothing about his person or service,.
        As a person of poor poster comment evaluation and your own vindictiveness you have no place being a citizen of this country.

  11. Rich says:

    It’s Boston, cheating is part of every sport.

  12. what an aaaahole says:

    What a crawl out from under a rock trailer park aaaaahole. He should be charged with risk of injury and assault and reckless endangerment..

  13. Nicholas says:

    Give the man some credit for coming out and admitting his stupidity. His humiliation is going to make him a better person.

  14. rick t. says:

    If it was my daughter’s eyesight being purposely endangered and he was caught in the act with the laser, he would be dead before he reached the exit door. End of story. Hope the girl is having an eye exam at his expense and he absolutely deserves jail time.

  15. J Jackson says:

    This is news?

  16. J Public says:

    Do any of you folks know that these devices DO NOT cause eye damage. What he was doing, while it is unsportsmanlike and childish, is in principle no different from all the noise-making and other antics that go on during a basketball free throw.

    You are all way over reacting.

    Some of you have probably already contacted the Department of Homeland Security to enlist their help in putting another Gestapo agent at hockey games like we already have in our airports.

  17. dm says:

    42? he looks like he’s 62 and like he’d do it again in a heartbeat.

  18. mikeq says:

    a few more parents like this and we are in big trouble!

  19. George L says:

    it”s amazing that based on the slap on the wrist this idiot got that this was a relatively OK thing to do. Another teachable moment blown by us adults again.

  20. gunslinger says:

    Why would the cops miss a chance to charge somebody with a crime ? Of course this guy is going to have legal troubles over the incident. They’re out of a job if they let people to their own devices.

  21. R. Ryder says:

    There’s an old saying: “A fool at 40 is a fool forever!” Only thing this immature fool regrets is getting caught!

  22. yogiman says:

    He should spend a weekend in jail doing labor and be banned from from all future games.

    This man’s a father? What will his daughter think of him for the rest of her life? Or better yet, his life.

  23. OldOllie says:

    Disturbing the peace? Really? He must have pictures of the district attorney sodomizing a sheep considering that what he actually did constitutes felony aggravated battery and armed criminal action.

  24. Gummint Skool Illiter8s says:

    There needs to be civil litigation as well.

    He needs to pay coming and going…

  25. RedSoxRGay says:

    Wow! Some guys just never grow up. His poor daughter… how humiliating!

  26. gk says:

    Leave this man alone. Our neighbor with his loud truck pipes bothers us everyday. Tampering with exhaust is a federal felony but the cops ignore it. Cops decide who the law applies too.
    Also don’t beleive there should be school sports. School is for learning. Sports programs are expensive and dangerous for the kids and should not be sponsored or paid for by the school system.

    1. Hodgey says:

      Shut up. He could have blinded this girl.

    2. PeeWee says:

      How could ANYONE defend this SCUMBAG?

  27. steve5150 says:

    This guy did this to a LITTLE GIRL! Every time you think the world has hit bottom another guy like this turns up.

  28. Truth says:

    Shocked they won’t replay the game – or just call it a forfeit and let the losing team advance.
    I’d be shocked if the victim’s family doesn’t take this idiot to civil court claiming eye damage. How could anyone prove her eyesight wasn’t permanently affected? Then he’ll lose all his money and his daughter will end up on the stripper pole.

  29. Hodgey says:

    What an embarrasment this moron is.

    This can’t be the first time this has happened.

  30. Tom Dery says:

    Description of the Assailant: 6 foot nothin’, 185 – a mini-van is what he drives

  31. krp says:

    Cordes tells WBZ-TV. “I feel like a complete jerk” He FEELS like a compete jerk. Maybe that is because he IS a complete jerk.

    He should not have been evicted from the game. The security people, should have just conveniently “disappeared” while the other attendees beat him to a pulp sitting right there in his seat.

  32. krp says:

    Cordes tells WBZ-TV. “I feel like a complete jerk” He FEELS like a compete jerk. Maybe that is because he IS a complete jerk.

    He should not have been evicted from the game. The security people, should have just conveniently “disappeared” while the other attendees beat him to a pulp sitting right there where he was sitting

  33. krp says:

    Hari-kari comes to mind.

  34. mini mean says:

    Where does this guy work??

    If I were his boss, I would FIRE this A55h0le!!

    Sadly, though, if this guy brings in lots of $$ for his company, his boss will not care about his moral character or the MISCREANT BEHAVIOR he engages in during his free time.

    when did USA become U$A and WHY???????????????????????

    $? $? $? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  35. WhatThePuck? says:

    I’ll bet he is a Flyers fan.

  36. BSR says:

    Someone willing to do this to win a child’s sporting event is willing to do just about anything for a few dollars. Don’t turn your back on this scumbag for a second.

  37. John says:

    What? The charge is disturbing the peace? What’s the charge in that town for stabbing someone and making them bleed on the sidewalk, littering?


    Pointing a laser with intent should be the same as pointing a gun with intent. He wanted one team to win and he didn’t care if he caused injury to get it his way.

  38. Me says:

    Winthrop should have been disqualified.

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