Vancouver Canucks Fan Suing….. the Vancouver Canucks

“These injuries have caused and continues to cause the plaintiff pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, permanent physical disability, loss of physical, mental, and emotional health, and loss of earnings, past and prospective,” the claim says.

“Chi says he sustained serious injuries to his head, neck, back and shoulders. He also claims to still suffer from headaches, nausea and dizziness as a result of the incident that took place 2 years ago.”

National Post

As sports fans, it’s difficult to see another fan suing the team, in what is likely a flat-out money-grab.  I’m sure the Vancouver Canucks take the same precautions in their arena as every other NHL arena in the league for errant pucks  – not to mention every ticket states:

THE HOLDER VOLUNTARILY ASSUMES ALL RISK AND DANGER of personal injury and all hazards arising from or related in any way to attendance at the event, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event, including specifically (but not exclusively) the danger of being injured by hockey pucks and sticks, by other spectators or players, or by thrown objects or breaking glass. The Holder agrees that CSE, Ticketmaster L.L.C, the NHL, the NHL’s member teams and their players, Rogers Arena event producers and all of the respective affiliates, directors, officers, employees, volunteers and agents of all of the foregoing are expressly released by the Holder from claims arising from such causes. WARNING: PUCKS FLYING INTO SPECTATOR AREAS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY. BE ALERT WHEN IN SPECTATOR AREAS.

How do you argue that in court?  The plaintiff Wayne Chi from Richmond, BC is going to try nonetheless.  Sometimes the waiver is simply a deterrence to seeking financial compensation.  But when it’s printed on the ticket for the event you caught a puck with your face, it’s hard to feel sorry for this guy.  Especially when he’s clearly milking it with “head, neck, back and shoulders” injuries 2 years later, I mean, c’mon pal.

Full lawsuit documents here:

Personally, I wouldn’t need a disclaimer or waiver on a ticket if I took one in the face at a hockey game.  That’s part of going to a hockey game.  Everyone knows that.

Oh, and anyone want to bet his head was buried in his cell phone when it happened?   Indeed.

What do you think?