Charges laid in on-ice incident that resulted in injury to opponent
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.