Ital­ian player charged with as­sault for on-ice in­ci­dent that gave op­po­nent a con­cus­sion

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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.

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