STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Swedish hockey star Peter Forsberg is suing a local company and the owners of a horse racing track for 12 million kronor (C$1.87 million) for causing an accident that led to his horse being put down.
Together with horse co-owner Robert Bergh Travstall, Forsberg is suing the companies through his firm Forspro AB for alleged carelessness and breach of contract.
The horse, Tsar d’Inverne, was injured during a practice run in 2004 when an old tarp fell onto the track while being replaced by workers – scaring the animal and causing it to collide with another horse.
The animal received leg injuries and was put down two years later after the problems turned chronic.
Tsar d’Inverne was valued at around 12 million kronor (C$1.87 million) because of its national and international successes and was also deemed to become a promising breeding horse.
Norrlands Travsallskap, the racetrack owners, are accused of breaching its contract by violating the security and safety clauses, while Norrlands Hall & Kapell AB is accused of carelessness.
Forsberg, a two-time Stanley Cup winner and former NHL MVP, has been sidelined with injuries all season but is aiming for a comeback to the ice.