American Leaves Juniors Team Due to Threats
Matt Gassman, 19, left his Manitoba Junior Hockey League team and returned home to Littleton, CO, after receiving death threats.
“The nature of the threat was, ‘You bleeping American. Get out of here, or we’ll kill you,”’ Greg Gassman said. His son was too frightened to turn around and face the students, he said.
“Matt’s feeling was the group was not kidding. He was scared. Given where we live and what happened here, we couldn’t take a chance.”
Greg Gassman was referencing the 1999 Columbine tragedy, which happened close to the Gassman’s home, and affected the family.
Gassman was the backup goaltender for the Winnipeg South Blues, who are getting ready to start the league semifinals.