A South Buffalo hockey dad accused of attacking his son’s coach Jan. 4 at Leisure Rinks in Orchard Park after the boy was pulled from a game has been sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge following his guilty plea to a reduced charge.
Michael P. Schaefer, 48, also was fined $250 and ordered to perform 20 hours of community service after pleading to attempted third-degree assault Thursday in Orchard Park Town Court.
Under the sentence imposed by Town Justice Edward A. Pace, Schaefer faces up to three months in jail if he gets in trouble during the one-year period, fails to pay the fine or does not do the community service.
The victim, Scott Diebold, coach of the prep hockey team at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, agreed to the plea to the reduced charge, according to Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Smith.
After Schaefer was arrested on assault charges at the rink, he told police he was upset about Diebold allegedly bullying his son, a junior who was playing goalie that night.
Police said Schaefer ran up to the coach near the ice, grabbed him by the left arm and pushed him into the glass, cutting his cheek and causing bleeding. He continued pulling the coach’s arm, dislocating his shoulder, and threw him to the floor, police said. He then continued pushing the coach into the floor, causing further injuries, police said. Bystanders broke up the fight.