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Alleged negligent supervision of hockey league - Plaintiff crosschecked with hockey stick from behind - Spiral fracture of humerus.

Philadelphia County

The plaintiff brought this action against the defendant sports center which organized a roller blade hockey league. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant failed to have the hockey games properly refereed, allowing another player to "cross-check" him (bang him with a hockey stick held at arms length) causing p 7 3 injury. The other team member, who allegedly cross-checked the plaintiff, was also named as a defendant in the case. The defendants denied that the plaintiff was cross-checked and maintained that he was injured when he fell during the game.

The male plaintiff, 25 years old at the time of injury, was playing in a roller hockey game held at the defendant’s facility.

The defendant organized the league and provided the referees. The plaintiff alleged that the other player, defendant Matt Sacks, cross-checked him from behind with a hockey stick pushing him into the boards. The plaintiff sustained a spiral fracture of the humerus requiring open reduction and internal fixation. He has been left with a six inch surgical scar and claimed $________ in medical expenses.

The plaintiff argued that cross-checking was not permitted by the league rules and yet the referees failed to stop that and other violent actions by players during the game.

The defendant Sacks testified that he did not cross-check anyone during the game, but that the plaintiff was a poor skater and simply tripped and fell on him. The defendant argued that such incidental contact could not be avoided during a hockey game. One of the referees also testified that no cross-checking occurred during the game in question and that the plaintiff fell, causing his arm injury.

The jury found for the defendants.

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