At 16, Andrew Zaccardo was a talented hockey player with promising future. He was part of the Midget AA Laval Patriots. However, during a game against the Royal de Montreal team, his life changed forever. Ludovic Gauvreau-Beaupre of the opposing team slammed Zaccardo into the board with full force, hitting him just below the neck. He was since paralyzed.
Five years later, Zaccardo has been awarded $8 million in damages, which is supposedly the highest amount rewarded for a sports-related injury in Canadian history. Superior Court judge Daniel Payette ruled out that player Gauvreau-Beaupre was at fault and that this type of injury, to this catastrophic degree, is not and should not be an intrinsic risk in hockey.
Do you take a risk when you go on the ice?