NHL linesman Don Henderson has filed a $10.25-million lawsuit against the Calgary Flames and defenseman Dennis Wideman. Henderson alleges that a hit from Wideman in a game against the Nashville Predators on January 27, 2016 caused a number of injuries that he is still recovering from.
Henderson has not been cleared to work since the incident and “has suffered a limitation of activities and loss of enjoyment of life,” the claim filed at the Calgary Courts Centre says.
The lawsuit also claims that Wideman “violently struck” the “completely defenseless” NHL official from behind.
The linesman’s injuries are listed as:
- Head injury and concussion
- Injury to the neck area requiring surgery
- Injury to back
- Injury to shoulder
- Pain and numbness in right arm
- Pain and numbness in right hand
- Injury to knee
As a result of the injuries, Henderson has needed physiotherapy, medication, and psychological counseling.
According to the lawsuit, the injuries have cost Henderson $10 million in lost income and future earnings and also seeks $250,000 in damages.
Before the injury, Henderson had officiated more than 1,200 NHL games without missing a game for injury. Wideman was suspended for 10 games after appealing his initial 20-game suspension.
The Calgary Flames and Don Henderson’s lawyers have both declined to comment on the lawsuit.