Hockey Mom Who Stormed Ice Told Ref: “Do Your Job”
Hockey mom Gina O’Toole had seen enough fighting in her son’s youth hockey game and was fed up with referees’ lack of action when she stormed the ice at a Massachusetts game last week.
The mother of 14-year-old Boston Raptors player Mark O’Toole made headlines when she stormed the ice as a fight between players escalated into a full-scale brawl. The hockey mom spoke out about her actions this week, saying she just had enough.
“The fight just got bigger and kept lasting longer and longer and before I knew it I was open opening the gate,” O’Toole told WHDH 7 News in Boston. “I was on the ice and I said, ‘hey, you know, you need to get control of this game.’ He turned around, looked at me and said, ‘get off the ice.’ I said, ‘you need to do your job, you need to control this game.’ He screamed at me again, ‘get off the ice.’ I turned around, ‘got off the ice.’ I didn’t get kicked out of the rink.”
O’Toole said she was so shaken after the incident that she had to call her husband to watch the end of the tournament because she was too upset, WHDH reported. She said she still isn’t sure what gave her the guts to go through with it.
“I don’t know. I don’t know,” the hockey mom told WHDH. “It probably ran across a few parents minds that were standing there. I just did it. Sometimes I do that. I act sometimes without thinking.”
Media reports said the atmosphere in the stands was just as chaotic as the ice, with parents screaming for the fight to stop and some yelling at her to get off the ice, ABC News reported.
The hockey mom appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, clutching the famous white purse that she held during the incident. As for her son Mark, he said he’s not embarrassed or angry—in fact he thinks it was funny to see his protective hockey mom walk out onto the ice.