Hockey Linesman Knocked to Ice Sues Player for Millions
He says he hasn't been able to work for over a year
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2017 3:33 AM CDT
Nashville Predators look over the bench at linesman Don Henderson after he was hit by the Calgary Flames' Dennis Wideman.   (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
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(Newser) – An NHL linesman who hasn't been able to work since he was knocked to the ice from behind by Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman last year is suing the player and the team for $7.5 million. Wideman cross-checked Don Henderson as he was returning to the bench during a game against the Nashville Predators on Jan 27, 2016, CTV reports. Wideman said afterward that it was unintentional and he felt "awful" about it. He received a 20-game suspension, the second-longest in NHL history for an attack on an official, though it was later reduced to 10 games by arbitrators.

In a lawsuit filed in Calgary, Henderson claims he suffered a concussion from being "violently struck," along with injuries to his head, neck, shoulder, and right knee, reports TSN. He says he has also suffered depression and still hasn't been cleared to return to the ice. The linesman, who's suing for medical expenses and loss of future earnings, says that before the hit, he had officiated at more than 1,200 NHL games without missing a single one due to injury.

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