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'Crazy hockey dad' breaks glass with his hand

The Florida man is now banned from the York City Ice Arena in Pennsylvania, officials said.

By Ben Hooper

YORK, Pa., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A "crazy hockey dad" at a girls tournament found himself banned from a Pennsylvania ice rink after he was caught on video breaking the glass during a game.

The man became a viral star when footage of last week's incident at the York City Ice Arena in York was posted to YouTube under the title "Crazy Hockey Dad." The man became noticeably angry when the referee called a penalty against Team Carolina, the Florida-based team his daughter plays for, and struck the glass surrounding the ice with his hand, shattering the barrier.

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The man, who witnesses said had a bloody hand and a broken wedding ring afterward, then points and shouts at the referee while a voice can be heard saying, "Way to go, Paul."

Eric Menzer, president of the York Revolution, which manages the rink, said the man was apologetic and left willingly when confronted by staff. He said the man is being billed $500 for the window and is banned from the facility.

Dave Fischer, a spokesman for USA Hockey, the U.S. governing body for hockey, said the incident was unfortunate.

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"Sport teaches so many valuable lessons, and there's so much passion involved, but sometimes that passion goes too far," he told the York Dispatch. "Some parents like to live vicariously through their kids.

"You just hope that those involved learn from it and we become better for it," he said.

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