Youth Ice Hockey Player is Severely Injured by Older Player

hockey playerThis case takes place in Vermont and involves a 9-year-old child who was injured during a hockey game. The child was part of a ice hockey league and was taking part in a scrimmage. There was a 15-year-old child on the opposing team. The older child checked the younger player causing severe brain damage. It is alleged that the hockey corporation, officials, staff and agents did not control and supervise the hockey league games.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Do you have experience with youth hockey rules and regulations?
  • 2. Do you have knowledge of the injuries that a player can suffer if leagues are not controlled and supervised?
  • 3. Are there rules and regulations in place to ensure competition is fair and players are not paired with older or younger peers?

Expert Witness Response E-008801

I have directed multiple youth inline hockey tournaments and leagues and have implemented proper safety techniques. I am the founder and president of the AAU inline hockey league which is the Amateur Athletic Union, and have worked with the youth associated with it. I believe that this case comes down to the skill level of each player involved. If this 9-year-old did not possess the same level of experience as this 15-year-old, then they should not have been playing together. It is the responsibility of the officials and staff employed by the hockey league to ensure a safe playing environment for all players involved.


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