A Connecticut hockey coach who went viral after video showing him telling his players to stand for the American and Canadian national anthems, said on Thursday he is not going to apologize for asking his players to show respect.

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 share his point of view.

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

“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.”

About people saying that he wouldn’t let his players protest, he went clear: “My players would be free to protest on their day off,” he said. “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.”

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The video has been seen at least 7.5 million times so far.

The Hat Tricks are about to enter their first season in the Federal Hockey League. The team will open the season Oct. 25 at the Danbury Ice Arena against the Port Huron Howlers, according to FOX News.

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