NHL linesman files lawsuit against Calgary Flames, defenceman Dennis Wideman

Paola Ditto
Aprile 22, 2017

Wideman was on the receiving end of a heavy hit in the corner during a game against the Nashville Predators on January 27, 2016.

Today CTV News and TSN announced that they received word that Henderson has filed a 10.25 million dollar lawsuit against Wideman.

Don Henderson, the National Hockey League linesman who was knocked to the ice by Calgary Flames' defenceman Dennis Wideman during a game against Nashville previous year, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the player and the team.

Linesman Don Henderson, shown here in 2014, is suing the Calgary Flames and defenceman Dennis Wideman for $10.25 million. A month later, Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe reported the linesman needed neck surgery to "repair damage from the hit", and friends weren't sure whether he'd ever return to action.

He has also required psychological counselling, the claim states. Then, on his way to the bench, the defenseman cross-checked Henderson from behind into the boards.

Wideman had already missed 19 games while waiting for a decision on the appeal and returned to the ice before the end of the 2016 season.

According to the lawsuit, Henderson claims to have sustained injuries to his head, neck, back, shoulder and right knee during the incident, including a concussion which has caused "shock anxiety and depression, headaches and permanent and partial disability".

Wideman was initially suspended for 20 games for the hit but that was ultimately reduced by an independent arbitrator to 10 games.

The Flames are also listed as a defendant.

In his lawsuit, Henderson's lawyer wrote that he "has suffered a limitation of activities and loss of enjoyment of life, and will continue to suffer a limitation of activities and enjoyment of life".

An introductory request contains allegations that have not been proved in court.

Henderson, who resides in Calgary according to the claim, is asking for $200,000 in general damages, $50,000 in special damages, and $10 million for loss of income, future income and earning capacity.

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