In an incredibly ridiculous court decision, Don Henderson has to pay the NHL player who ended his career.
Henderson is a former NHL linesman who was cross-checked to the ice from behind during a game 27 months ago by Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman. The player received a 20-game suspension, which was cut in half by an arbitrator, then retired at the end of the season and recently became a junior hockey coach. Meanwhile, Henderson hasn’t worked an NHL game since and this month filed a $10-million lawsuit against Wideman and the Flames.
Justice Willie de Wit, the former boxer, deemed that Henderson’s complaint should have proceeded to arbitration under the auspices of the NHL commissioner. De Wit subsequently ruled that Henderson had to pay partial court costs — $8,000 to the Flames and $3,000 to Wideman.
Henderson, the victim, subsidizing Wideman, the perpetrator. How stupid is that?