Canadian Youth Hockey Coach Fired for Nazi Facebook Rant

A youth hockey coach in suburban Vancouver was fired for posting Nazi propaganda on social media.

Christopher Maximilian Sandau, 33, was fired earlier this month by the North Delta Minor Hockey Association after refusing to remove the posts from his Facebook page, CTV News reported. He also denies the Holocaust.

Sandau’s Facebook page included images such as a photo of Adolph Hitler with the message, “Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told,” and a swastika flag with the message: “If this flag offends you, you need a history lesson,” the Vancouver Sun reported.

“The posts contained extreme and objectionably material believed to be incompatible with an important purpose of our minor hockey association—to promote and encourage good citizenship,” NDMH president Anita Cairney said in a statement.

Sandau insists he never mentioned his Nazi sympathies while coaching his players who were in grades 6 to 9.

“The whole time I was coaching with these kids and interacting with the kids my focus was only on hockey,” Sandau told the Sun. “I wasn’t trying to impose this knowledge on anybody.”

In an interview with the Sun, Sandau, who said he played professional hockey in Germany, also denied the Holocaust, saying the Jews seen in newsreels were dying of typhus and that the Germans were “doing their best to save them.”

“My view on the history basically got me canned,” Sandau complained.

Sandau’s Facebook posts also included canards against Jews including that they control the banks, according to CTV News.

This story "Canadian Youth Hockey Coach Fired for Nazi Facebook Rant" was written by JTA.


Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Canadian Youth Hockey Coach Fired for Nazi Facebook Rant

Thank you!

This article has been sent!