Hockey coach being sued over broken arm

TONY BLAIS, COURT BUREAU

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

EDMONTON (Sun Media) - An Edmonton-area teen has launched a $50,000 lawsuit against the Canadian Hockey Association after his arm was allegedly broken by an opposing coach.

According to a recently filed statement of claim, the injury happened when the coach grabbed the teen's stick and jerked it backwards after the boy bodychecked an opposing player into or near the players' bench.

The lawsuit alleges the actions of the coach, Ron Johnson of the Spruce Grove #3 Bantam Team, were done "willfully, intentionally and voluntarily" and amounted to "assault or battery or intentional affliction of harm."

According to the statement of claim, the incident happened on Feb. 26, 2005, during an Alberta Amateur Hockey Association league game.

The injured player, Tristan Alexis, lives in the town of Glenevis, near Onoway. The name of his team is not mentioned in the lawsuit.

The statement of claim alleges Alexis performed a bodycheck "within the rules" on an opposing player into or near the opposing team's bench during the game.

"During this incident the coach did, outside the rules, grab hold of the stick of the plaintiff," says the lawsuit, which also names Johnson, the Spruce Grove #3 Bantam Team and the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association as defendants.

As Alexis "attempted to skate away" Johnson kept his hold on the teen's hockey stick and jerked it back towards him, says the statement of claim.

In the lawsuit, Alexis alleges he suffered a fractured left arm, a loss of confidence, a fear of being bodychecked and a loss of enjoyment of playing hockey.

Bantam hockey players are typically aged 13 and 14.

Statements of claim contain allegations not proven in court.

A statement of defence has not yet been filed.


Videos

Photos