Youth coach from Stamford with NHL ties accused of hitting minor with hockey stick
A Stamford man and youth hockey coach with ties to the NHL is accused of hitting a minor with a hockey stick after the boy allegedly got a drill wrong while practicing.
Marvin Minkler, 53, is facing charges in the incident. Minkler is the director of the Brewster Ice Arena in Putnam County, New York.
According to a complaint filed by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Minkler struck a 10-year-old boy with a hockey stick and caused him to fall down on Sept. 28.
Minkler allegedly continued to yell and curse at him, saying he was doing a specific drill incorrectly.
According to the team's website, Minkler is the coach of the CT Oil Kings, an AAU youth team that practices out of Brewster Ice Arena.
Minkler has ties to the NHL and previously coached professional players such as Milford native Jonathan Quick, goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings.
Minkler was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, which is a misdemeanor.
He was arraigned in Southeast Town Court on Oct. 31.
His attorney tells News 12 that the allegations will be eventually dismissed.