Hockey dad tries for “Most Valuable Asshole” award.

Some dad in Canada is a bit upset that his son didn’t make MVP on his hockey team according to an article in the Globe and Mail:

A New Brunswick father is suing the provincial amateur hockey association after his 16-year-old son failed to win the league’s most-valuable-player award.

Michael Croteau is seeking $300,000 in psychological and punitive damages from the association. He is also demanding that the MVP trophy be taken from the boy who won it and given to his son, Steven, as well as the league’s playmaker award, which was awarded to a different boy. Croteau also wants Steven to be guaranteed a spot on the New Brunswick Canada Winter Games roster.

“I’m doing this because all the years I played and coached hockey I saw what good it could bring to your life. I’m doing this for my son. He feels very bad. He did his best. . . . I didn’t want to go this far but hopefully it will be an example to others.”

An example to others on how to be a total friggin’ idiot perhaps. Someone slap this moron upside the head with his own hockey stick, would ya?

11 thoughts on “Hockey dad tries for “Most Valuable Asshole” award.

  1. I swear, the lengths that people will go to regarding their children’s sports is ridiculous.

    I hope he gets laughed out of court.

  2. Sure, I’ll check out your website, though my French is far from complete and your English could use a bit of polish. Still, it looks like there’s enough there to get your side of the story.

    From what I’ve read so far on this site it appears you folks have a lot of gripes with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, but I’ve yet to read on there a compelling reason for the lawsuit mentioned in the news article above. If anything, the website shows someone who is way to obsessive about an amateur sport and probably ruining the experience not only for his son, but for everyone else participating in it by being such a spoil sport over a trophy.

    I can understand and empathize with the desire to see your child rewarded for hard work, but the story as it unfolds here and at your website paints a picture of someone throwing a tantrum and not someone who’s the victim of a gross injustice. This whole situation smacks of the same idiocy as the parents in New Jersey who sued when their daughter wouldn’t be sole valedictorian at her graduation and they arguably had more of a leg to stand on.

    Grow the fuck up, people. You’re not doing your kids any favors by suing everyone in sight when things don’t turn out the way you think they should. Have you ever considered the idea that perhaps Steven Croteau didn’t deserve the MVP award? Instead of instilling a lesson on how to be graceful in the face of disappointment you instilled a message of suing at the drop of a hat over the slightest perceived injustice. The kid’s certainly well on his way to be a prima donna when he grows up with lessons like that.

  3. I understand the confusion some have over this lawsuit. But this is only at the end of the day a dad’s attempt to show his son the civilized way to protest. We the public should respect this choice and not attack a legitimate complaint. It may seem silly to you, then move on yourself. I myself am interested in learning why Steven Croteau was not chosen by those who voted.

  4. thank you Marius. LES, this whole story from day one has nothing to do with a trophy. it is a case of discrimination.Do you know whats the meaning of that word ?
    For ever these type of request to court have always been thrown out by justice on the spot. For the first time a judge took “9” days before taking the decision to not carry the case to court.
    DO YOU THINK THE JUDGE WASTED 9 DAYS OF WORK BECAUSE OF A TROPHY ???
    What has been said in the medias is far from the reality… i only hope that you will keep on tracking this story all the way to the supreme court, if not settle before.
    At that time, you may have a few other good topics to offer to your viewers.
    Last update => Press conference september 3, 2003.

    At this moment it is under investigation at the provincial humans right commission, and it will keep on.
    Sometimes you have to accept to look like an idiot to get things change. i may tell you that Everything since day one up to today has unfold exactly like planned.
    i wish i had your talent to put the forum and other on my web site… unfortunately i can hardly log on my own web site.
    the 30,000 pages view mark has recently been passed.Now imagine if i had your talent as a writer and your knowledge of handing a web site.
    keep in touch.

  5. Well, I’d start by learning how to type. Capitalization and punctuation would be nice as well. A good dictionary would help. Then move onto a good primer on HTML. There’s nothing I do here that you couldn’t do as well. It’s not about talent, it’s about investing the time to do it right. I realize English isn’t your first language so some of the sentence structure is understandable, but the format isn’t.

    As for your son’s case being discrimination, sorry, I just don’t buy it. Do I think a judge would waste 9 days before throwing the case out if it didn’t have some merit? Well, yeah, I would. I’ve known judges to waste time on a number of different cases without merit before deciding to throw them out.

  6. I’m not a huge sports fan so forgive me for chiming in so late on this topic—I only just read about this case today in the Globe and Mail.

    I can’t believe what some people in this country will do to advance their childrens’ future in sport.  The fact that this man is willing to go to Canada’s Supreme Court over his son’s MVP slight boggles my mind.  The SUPREME FUCKING COURT!!  Where legal matters that actually mean something are deliberated—challenges to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to name one example.  He wants to block up valuable court time over his son’s hurt feelings?!  Maybe MVP Dad should do a little research, find out what the Justices have on their agendas for deliberation right now and compare the importance of those weighty matters with his one minor complaint.

    From the articles I’ve read, Mr. Crocteau cites the number of goals and assists that his son produced in the year he was passed over for MVP.  The boy who actually won the MVP award came fourth on the list.  The father of the second highest-scoring boy isn’t screaming.  Neither is the father of the third-best boy.  Isn’t that interesting?  Why is that, I wonder.  My guess is that they are mature enough to understand that MVPs are based on broader criteria than mere scoring. 

    Maybe the fourth-best scoring boy was a much better all-around player than Crocteau’s son.  Maybe he displayed better sportsmanship, showed up to every practice, helped his team mates, avoided fighting, played fair.  There is a reason this boy won and it is not shrouded in some murky conspiracy, Mr. Crocteau.

    I hope that the Justices of the Supreme Court don’t laugh too hard when they throw out Mr. Crocteau’s case (just as the other two levels of the judiciary have).  God save us from the international embarrassment of a Canadian hockey dad taking this farce on the road to The Hague.

  7. Oh, and by the way, sorry about misspelling your name Mr. Croteau.  Just in case you get any wise ideas, I can’t afford a lawyer.

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