The Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks are both facing lawsuits in separate in-arena incidents that have taken place over the past two seasons.
CTV News Vancouver reported Thursday that the Canucks are being taken to court by a fan, Wayne Chi, who was struck by a puck two years ago during a game at Rogers Arena against the Anaheim Ducks on April 7, 2014. According to CTV, Chi suffered “serious injuries to his forehead, neck and back, as well as headaches, nausea and dizziness,” and he’s still battling symptoms from the injury to this day.
“He wants some kind of compensation for the fact that he did suffer an injury," Chi’s lawyer, Manjot Hallen, told CTV. ”When you go to a hockey game, there should be an expectation that you're not going to suffer an injury.”
The lawsuit states Chi has suffered permanent disability, loss of earning and "loss of enjoyment of life,” and Manjot said Chi wants “some form of acknowledgement that this incident occurred.”
In the Canucks’ ticket holder agreement, which appears online and on the back of tickets, fans are warned that the ticket holder “voluntarily assumes all rick and danger of personal injury and all hazards arising from or related in any way to attendance at the event.” There’s also a capitalized warning, which also appears on all tickets, that states pucks entering the seating area can cause injury and ticket holders are to be alert.
Similar to the Canucks, the Blackhawks are also in hot water with a fan, but Chicago has been hit with a lawsuit because of alleged failure to remove a drunken fan from the seating area.
According to TMZ Sports, the Blackhawks and the United Center are being sued by John Cooke for an incident that occurred during the 2015 Western Conference final between the Blackhawks and, coincidentally, the Ducks. During Game 4 on May 23, Cooke claims that an intoxicated fan was reported to arena staff and security in the first period but was not removed from the game. After Brandon Saad scored in the final minute of the first period, the drunk fan reportedly fell two rows forward and onto Cooke, who suffered injuries.
TMZ Sports reported Cooke is suing for unspecified damages as a result of the team’s failure to remove the intoxicated fan before he fell onto Cooke and caused injury.