Court has thrown out a lawsuit by a Manitoba minor hockey referee left with permanent injuries after a game nearly fifteen years ago.
Derrick Henderson collided with a 13 year old player during the game in Brandon, back in 2002.
He suffered serious leg injuries and now walks with crutches.
Henderson sued the team’s coach – claiming a dangerous line change was to blame. He said the coach had a responsibility to make sure the line change was done safely.
The case could have set a precedent, holding coaches responsible for accidents on the ice.
But the judge has dismissed all claims against the coach.
Justice Deborah McCwaley ruled it was simply a freak accident, there was no intent. She says she feels badly for Henderson, but it’s unfair to assign any fault for what happened.
She also pointed to Henderson’s lack of memory of what happened and suggested he seemed to change his story while testifying.