Italian player charged with assault for on-ice incident that gave opponent a concussion
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 German team 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 kilometres north of Stockholm.
Two days after the incident, Larkin apologized on Twitter.
Johansson said last month’s ruling by Sweden’s Supreme Court where a Swedish hockey 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 sucker-punch that left Colorado’s Steve Moore with a broken neck. Read the full story at thestar.com/sports
Thomas Larkin was charged with assault for blindsiding an opponent.