On March 3, 2013, New York Rangers fan Robert Cantor sat in the stands to watch his favorite team play the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. During play, he was struck by a high-flying puck.
It was recently announced that Cantor intends to sue the Rangers, MSG and the NHL, filing a civil suit. He claims to have sustained “severe and permanent injuries,” that have allegedly prohibited him from performing normal activities.
Erratic pucks are not uncommon at a professional hockey game, much like a stray foul ball isn’t unusual at a baseball game. Fans are warned about flying pucks via various announcements throughout hockey games at every NHL arena across the continent.
These disclaimers are no doubt, intended to caution fans about heavy, flying objects, so Cantor’s suit may not have much traction.
Cantor is not the first angry fan to file a lawsuit against the NHL for being struck with a puck. In 2013, Chicago Blackhawks fan, Patricia Higgins, was hit by a puck at the United Center and filed a lawsuit against the franchise in 2014.
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