Does bodychecking belong in recreational beer league hockey?
Drew Casterton doesn’t think so. He lost two front teeth, had lacerations to his face, and suffered a concussion after Gordon MacIsaac illegally checked him during a senior men’s league game in Ottawa in 2012.
Because the it was a no-contact league, Casterton was charged with aggravated assault and sentenced to 18 months probation.
MacIsaac’s lawyer argued that the hit was accidental, but the trial judge, after doing a Coach’s Corner breakdown of the incident, didn’t buy it.
But an appeal court has just decided that Justice Diane Lahaie improperly speculated on the facts. The conviction has been overturned.
Have you had to step back from a recreational sport like hockey or baseball because some players were just too competitive?
Read the whole story in the Globe & Mail HERE.