CALGARY – NHL Linesman Don Henderson is suing defensman Dennis Wideman and the Calgary Flames, claiming $10.25 million for injuries he received in a game against The Nashville Predators in January 2016.
In an introductory request, Henderson alleged that he suffered a concussion and neck, back, shoulder and knee injuries, adding that neck injuries require surgery.
He also claims that the incident placed him in a state of shock, made him depressed, caused him headaches and permanent and partial incapacity.
The Flames did not react to the suit when contacted Thursday.
An introductory request contains allegations that have not been proved in court.
Henderson, a Calgary resident, was injured in the second period in a 2-1 win by the Predators on January 27, 2016. There was a little more than eight minutes left in the engagement.
Wideman was tackled by midfielder Miikka Salomak of the Predators. On the way to the bench, he hit the ice with his stick and, according to Henderson, he then hit the official on the back with his stick in front of the Predators bench.
Henderson fell, but he later recovered on skates and resumed his post until the end of the game.
After the meeting, Wideman said he would never intentionally try to hit a Linesman or Referee, or anything like that.
However, the application states that “Wideman intentionally and willfully struck Don Henderson”.
Henderson says his injuries have prevented him from resuming his job since the incident.
The National League has imposed 20 suspension matches at Wideman. He had purged 19 when a referee reduced the penalty to 10 games – which earned a refund to the player.
With Wideman’s contract expiring, the 34-year-old hockey player will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.