Swe­den charges hockey player for blind­side hit

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - CHURCH LISTINGS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

STOCK­HOLM — Bri­tish-born Ital­ian hockey player Thomas Larkin was charged with as­sault for blind­sid­ing an op­po­nent dur­ing a game last year, a Swedish pros­e­cu­tor said Thurs­day.

Larkin hit Daniel Paille on the ice and left the Cana­dian with a se­vere con­cus­sion.

Pros­e­cu­tor Joakim Jo­hans­son said the in­ci­dent took place on Nov. 7, 2017, dur­ing a game between Swedish club Bry­nas and Ger­many’s Adler Mannheim in Gavle. Larkin was play­ing for the Ger­man team.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press, Paille is the plain­tiff. Af­ter the hit, he was taken to an emer­gency room at a hos­pi­tal in Gavle, 170 km north of Stock­holm.

Two days af­ter the in­ci­dent, Larkin apol­o­gized on Twit­ter.

“It wasn’t my in­ten­tion to cause an in­jury. I wanted to put pres­sure on the puck car­rier be­hind the net. I would like to apol­o­gize to Daniel Paille and I hope he is back play­ing soon,” Larkin wrote.

Jo­hans­son said last month’s rul­ing by Swe­den’s Supreme Court where a Swedish hockey

I would like to apol­o­gize to Daniel Paille and I hope he is back play­ing soon.” Thomas Larkin

player was found guilty of as­sault for cross-check­ing an op­po­nent paved the way for crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion.

In­ci­dents on the ice in the NHL have also been brought to court, in­clud­ing in 2004 when Van­cou­ver Canucks player Todd Ber­tuzzi was charged with as­sault for a suck­er­punch that left Colorado’s Steve Moore with a bro­ken neck. Ber­tuzzi pleaded guilty and was sen­tenced to pro­ba­tion and com­mu­nity ser­vice. In 2000, Marty Mc­Sor­ley was charged with hit­ting Canucks player Don­ald Bras­hear with his stick. Mc­Sor­ley was con­victed of as­sault with a weapon, but he re­ceived an 18-month con­di­tional dis­charge, mean­ing no jail time and no crim­i­nal record af­ter pro­ba­tion.

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