Hockey Player Can't Sue Over Injury, Split Mass. Panel Finds

Law360 (December 2, 2019, 4:55 PM EST) -- A high school-age hockey player cannot sue a fellow player after being seriously injured by an illegal hit, nor can he sue coaches, referees and other officials, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled Monday in a split decision.

The panel said in a 2-1 opinion that the "freak" injury Daniel Borella suffered when his hand was slashed by an opponent's skate occurred as part of the normal run of play in a hockey game. The incident led to a permanent partial loss of function in his dominant hand, according to the opinion.

Although the opponent, Julion Scott Lever, was called for a penalty...

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