Youth Hockey League Suspends Coach Charged with Assaulting Player
– July 3, 2014 9:00 am
DALE CITY, Va. – An assistant coach with a youth hockey league in Prince William County is out of a job and now faces charges.
Police say Wayne E. Walczak, 55, of Woodbridge, was charged on June 14 with misdemeanor assault and battery after he shoved a 14-year-old male following a hockey game at the Prince William Ice Center on Dale Boulevard in Dale City.
A league official with the Prince William Hockey Club said Walczak was “chirping,” or taunting the teenager on the opposing team for much of the game. After the game in the handshake line (where players come together congratulate each other in a show of good sportsmanship), a league official said Walczak shoved the player.
Parents saw what happened and then poured onto the ice and an argument ensued. That’s when an employee at the ice center called police.
Following the incident, the Prince William Hockey Club held an administrative hearing and suspended Walczak indefinitely, barring him from all contact with any players and coaches.
“The most precious resource we have in this country is our children and we can’t have adults taking liberties with children,” said Prince William Hockey League Vice-President and CEO Tony Ryan.
Police said Walczak has yet to appear in court on the misdemeanor charge. Ryan says despite what happens in court Walczak will no longer be allowed to participate in club activities.
Walczak was an assistant coach with the club for about a year. He coached on the House League made of players that primarily faceoff at the Prince William Ice Center in Dale City.
In addition to its house league, the club also has a higher tiered travel league that plays games throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.