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Ex-NHL enforcer sues BC nightclub after suffering brain damage in alleged assault

Thomas Lewis, the lawyer for 31-year-old Garrett Burnett, claimed in a writ filed in B.C. Supreme Court this week that two men started verbally abusing him and a friend at Cheers Nightclub last December.

The document said the two doormen watched the fracas but did nothing to stop it. When the men became violent, the bouncers tossed all the patrons outside, where Burnett was allegedly hit on the head with a bar stool that left him unconscious.

"Neither (defendants) attempted to prevent the plaintiff from being hit by the fists and boots of the aggressors, nor by the bar stool, nor did they in any way attempt to break up the fracas or the fight," the writ said.

The statement claims that after the fight outside, the two doormen invited the defendants back into the pub.

The writ says Burnett suffered a long list of injuries that left him in a coma and on life support for 20 days.

Burnett, who spent four months in hospital, is seeking damages for negligence and breach of duty.

The hockey tough guy played most of his career in the minors but spent half a season in the NHL with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Burnett's father, Bob Burnett, said his son's hockey career is now in jeopardy.

"After the head injury he doesn't know where he's going to be next September let alone the following September or what his physical status would be," Burnett said.

The writ contains allegations not proven in court and a statement of defence has not been filed.

A spokesman for Cheers Nightclub was not immediately available.

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