- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

A video showing a Connecticut minor league hockey coach telling his team to respect the national anthem or “grab your gear and get the f–k out” has gone viral.

“We’re not women’s soccer. We’re not the NFL,” John Krupinsky, assistant coach of the Hat Tricks in Danbury, says in the video. “If there’s anybody here that’s going to be disrespectful to either the American or the Canadian national anthem, grab your gear and get the f–k out now ‘cause you’ll never see the ice in this arena.”

“We don’t have that problem in hockey,” he continued. “We’re better than that, but there was no sense in wasting anybody’s time if that shit was going to happen. I don’t believe it would happen here. We’re the most patriotic sport that they have out there, so just keep that in mind. Thank you.”

The video, which was reportedly made a few weeks ago, has racked up millions of views on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Mr. Krupinsky, who also works for the Danbury Police Department, told Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes on Wednesday that he’s shocked by the new attention.

“I thought it would get shared around town — maybe — but I never expected 6.5 million people,” he said.

“Coaches have a responsibility to keep their team squared away,” he added. “We are fortunate to be in a place where we are a patriotic team and city.”

Mr. Krupinsky’s comments come after U.S. women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe vowed to never sing the national anthem again as a protest to the Trump administration. She said Tuesday that her team, which won the FIFA World Cup on Sunday, would not be accepting an invitation to the White House to celebrate their victory.

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