Don Henderson, a former hockey officiate has sued both the Calgary Flames and ex hockey player Dennis Wideman for over ten million dollars.
Henderson has not officiated a game since being allegedly hit from behind by Wideman. He says he suffers both serious mental and physical damage, resulting that he can no longer work.
A Calgary judge however says that Henderson cannot sue because the of the NHL constitution, which says “Any dispute between players, coaches, or referees should be handled by arbitrators ” and everyone agrees to this when they join the league.
“Any dispute between players, coaches, or referees should be handled by arbitrators”
It is expected the case will be pushed back onto the NHL.
Henderson’s legal team does have the right to appeal, but no decisions have been made yet.