A Connecticut hockey coach who went viral after video showing him telling his players to stand for the American and Canadian national anthems was awarded “Most Patriotic Sportsman” award on Nov. 7 at Fox Nation’s inaugural Patriot Awards.

In July, assistant coach for the Danbury Hat Tricks of the Federal Hockey League, John Krupinsky, who is also a police sergeant with the Danbury Police Department, appeared on “Fox & Friends” to say that he was not going to apologize for asking his players to show respect.

“I take pride in my country,” he said.

“I’ve unfortunately seen it cover too many coffins. I think we can take a timeout to give two minutes’ worth of respect to our soldiers, to our firemen, to your policemen. I don’t think that’s asking too much. I’m not going to apologize for asking players to show a little bit of respect when it’s either the American or Canadian national anthem,” he said.

About people saying that he wouldn’t let his players protest, he became very clear, “My players would be free to protest on their day off.” “If they had something they wanted to do. My owners are awesome—they would give them the team bus to go. But when they’re playing the national anthem, I don’t think it’s too much to ask your employees to show some respect for the flag and for the country.”

Warning: Objectionable language in this clip:

The video has been seen at least 40 million times so far.

“I’ve received tons of calls from [hockey] coaches all over the country…and, you know, they’ve asked: ‘Hey, our team’s getting ready. We’re going to a game Friday.’ And, every time these guys call, I’ll send them a quick video and talk to the team and stuff,” he said.

“That’s what hockey guys do. Everybody takes care of one another,” said Krupinsky.

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