No jail for hockey dad

TOM GODFREY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

A Toronto hockey dad who choked his son's coach causing the man to black out was fined $2,300 yesterday in addition to already being banned from entering most city arenas.

A sobbing Bradley Desrocher, 48, escaped four-months in jail that was being called for by prosecutors at a Finch Ave. W. court, who wanted to send a tough message to other aggressive hockey dads.

"It is very upsetting to get a criminal record," a grief-stricken Desrocher said outside court after being sentenced. "I would like to apologize to the family of Mark Teskey (the coach)."

ARRESTED IN JANUARY

The father of two was arrested in January, 2005 for the scrap that took place at Chesswood Arenas, near Finch Ave. W. and Dufferin St.

"Brad is the exact opposite of a macho hockey dad," his lawyer Todd White said. "He will always regret those four seconds of his life."

Mr. Justice Frederic Campling gave the civil engineer 90 days to pay a $2,000 fine, in addition to an extra $300 victims' surcharge fee. He was also ordered to give a DNA sample and not own a gun for 10 years.

GOOD CHARACTER

"Aside for this offence, your character is unusually good," Campling said during sentencing.

The crime was not enough to send a first offender of good character to prison, the judge said.

John Gardner, of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, said Desrocher is banned for five years from all GTHL-sanctioned arenas.

Court heard the brawl began after Desrocher jumped over a glass partition separating the bench from the stands and screamed at coach Teskey for not playing his son. Teskey said he was in fear for his life but he continued to coach.

Teskey told court someone whom he assumed was Desrocher later choked him with both hands from behind causing him to black out.


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