Hockey coach charged with choking parent at 8-and-under tourney

Hockey coach charged with choking parent at 8-and-under tourney
Hockey coach charged with choking parent at 8-and-under tourney
Michael Wulkan, 49, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment. He is the coach of an Amherst 8 and Under youth hockey team.

According to court documents obtained by 7 Eyewitness News, the encounter happened January 13th during an tournament at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion in Niagara Falls.

Wulkan entered the locker room where the Niagara University Junior Purple Eagles 8U team was dressing and demanded the children move to one side of the locker room, court documents said. Both his team and the NU team were required to share the locker room. The players "were not moving fast enough," the victim told police, so Wulkan began moving their hockey bags and jerseys to the other side of the room.

The victim told Wulkan he was out of line and went to pick up his son's bag. When the victim turned around, Wulkan grabbed his throat and choked him, he told police. Several parents and coaches jumped in at that point to separate the men.

The Buffalo News reports Wulkan has been suspended from his coaching position by the Amherst Youth Hockey program. Wulkan is also an agent for several NHL players and at one time represented former Sabres forward J.P. Dumont, according to The News.  

A youth hockey coach and agent to several National Hockey League stars has been arrested and charged with assault after he attacked the father of a another player at an 8-and-under tournament in Niagara Falls in front of the kids.

According to Buffalo News, Wulkan, 49, of Amherst, was taken into custody after the altercation that began over use of locker room for the kids that led to Wulkan grabbing another dad by the throat and choking him before he was pulled off by other parents.

“Wulkan was allegedly upset that two teams were using the same locker room and began shouting and throwing items in view of the players,” reads the Niagara Falls police report, that includes an off-duty officer verifying the attack while also in the locker room.

According to the witnessing officer, Wulkan demanded players from the opposing team move to one side of the room and when they didn’t move fast enough, he became abusive which led to his victim to calling him out.

“The children complied, however, they were not moving fast enough for Mike (it appeared),” Detective Todd N. Faddoul wrote, saying the victim finished getting his son dressed, before telling Wulkan, he was “out of line,” after he threw an equipment bag across the room.

“At that point, [Wulkan] reached out and grabbed [the victim] by the throat” before several parents and other Amherst coaches intervened, the detective reported.

Wulkan has been charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation after turning himself in on Thursday and then being released after pleading innocent.

The report states that Wulkan currently represents NHL players Matt Hendricks of the Winnipeg Jets and Ottawa Senators goalie Mike Condon.

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