A $500,000 lawsuit has been launched by a father claiming unprovoked assault and battery whose teen was allegedly beaten during a hockey game in Edmonton, Canada.
According to the Calgary Sun, the incident took place this past March when the teen, Hale Deleeuw was playing for the Strathcona Warriors in a Midget minor hockey match. The teens father, Darcy Deleeuw alleged that his son was “forcibly body-checked” by Varga, another player, while behind the net and without the puck. As his son skated to the bench for a line change, Darcy alleges Varga punched his son in the side of his head until “he lay there unconscious.”
Deleeuw reportedly suffered “severe” physical and psychological injuries including “a concussion, a whiplash associated disorder, multiple contusions, abrasions, bruises and lacerations to the head and face and nervous shock and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Deleeuw filed his statement of claim in the Court of Queen’s Bench on March 25, and named Varga and Mustangs head coach Clayton Prenioslo and the Warburg Minor Hockey Association as defendants as “they were all negligent for failing to ensure Deleeuw was reasonably safe from serious personal assaults while playing hockey.”
The Calgary Sun has a poll at the end of the article asking whether readers think $500,000 is a reasonable amount to sue for in this case. What do you think? Do you think Deleeuw’s son assumed the risk by playing a sport that is inherently dangerous or do you think that the other player stepped out of line and should pay for the alleged severe beating? In addition, do you think that the coach has a duty to ensure that his players are reasonably safe from serious personal assaults during the game?
SOURCE: Calgary Sun