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    Court: Workers' Comp Covers Hockey Player

    By SONJA BARISIC, Associated Press Writer
    Thu Nov 3, 8:04 PM ET

    NORFOLK, Va. - A former minor-league hockey player who injured his shoulder in a fight he claimed his coach told him to start is entitled to workers' compensation, a Virginia appeals court ruled.

    The Virginia Court of Appeals upheld a Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission finding that "fighting is an integral part of the game of hockey" and that Ty A. Jones' injury arose in the course of his employment as an "enforcer."

    Jones' former team, the Norfolk Admirals, had argued that the fight amounted to willful misconduct and that he was not entitled to workers' compensation.

    L. Steven Emmert, a leading Virginia appellate attorney and hockey fan with no connection to the case, suggested the finding Tuesday was so obvious that it does not amount to much as a legal precedent.

    "This court finds that fighting is an integral part of hockey," Emmert said. "Thirty million Canadians could have told you that." But he added: "Maybe clubs will be a little more careful about sending a goon — an enforcer — out to thunk somebody in the head."

    Jones, a right-wing power forward with the Admirals, instigated a fight with an opposing player during a game in 2002. Jones said the coach told him to "go get" the player.

    Jones got hurt, and an orthopedic surgeon later put six screws in his right shoulder. The athlete wore a sling for almost six months.

    In 2004, Jones was awarded workers' compensation for the seven months he underwent rehabilitation. The ruling did not give a dollar amount.

    Jones played for the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks in the 1998-99 season and, after leaving the Admirals, for the Florida Panthers in 2003-04. A Panthers spokesman did not immediately return a call inquiring about Jones' whereabouts.

    Admirals spokesman Alan May declined to comment. The coach at the time of Jones' injury, Trent Yawney, now coaches the Blackhawks.

    "No Blackhawk coach would ever intentionally send a player out to fight with someone," said Blackhawks spokesman Jim DeMaria.[/b][/quote]
    Damn these electric sex pants!

    26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

    Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

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    Goon, care to comment? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]

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    • #3
      QUOTE(steveInebriated @ Nov 4 2005, 12:25 PM) Quoted post

      Goon, care to comment? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]
      [/b][/quote]


      He's too busy imitating Sean Hannity. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]

      Mr. G

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      • #4
        YES!

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        • #5
          Somebody email this to Bettman...he must have missed the memo [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]
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          • #6
            Someone should send this to Bettman.

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            • #7
              QUOTE(Blues Fan in SF @ Nov 4 2005, 03:00 PM) Quoted post

              Somebody email this to Bettman...he must have missed the memo [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]
              [/b][/quote]
              Great minds...

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              • #8
                Just as an FYI, the parent team of the Norfolk Admirals is the Chicago BlackHawks....so there's the reason right there why this went to court.

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                • #9
                  QUOTE(210 @ Nov 4 2005, 04:05 PM) Quoted post

                  Just as an FYI, the parent team of the Norfolk Admirals is the Chicago BlackHawks....so there's the reason right there why this went to court.
                  [/b][/quote]
                  Business as usual for the old man.

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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(Blue Chicago @ Nov 4 2005, 05:07 PM) Quoted post

                    QUOTE(210 @ Nov 4 2005, 04:05 PM) Quoted post

                    Just as an FYI, the parent team of the Norfolk Admirals is the Chicago BlackHawks....so there's the reason right there why this went to court.
                    [/b][/quote]
                    Business as usual for the old man.
                    [/b][/quote]

                    ++

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                    • #11
                      Has Worker's Comp come into play in any sports before this case?
                      Damn these electric sex pants!

                      26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

                      Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

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                      • #12
                        QUOTE(dredbyrd @ Nov 4 2005, 06:15 PM) Quoted post

                        Has Worker's Comp come into play in any sports before this case?
                        [/b][/quote]

                        Mike Utley

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                        • #13
                          QUOTE(dredbyrd @ Nov 4 2005, 06:15 PM) Quoted post

                          Has Worker's Comp come into play in any sports before this case?
                          [/b][/quote]


                          I doubt it in hockey at least.... old school hockey players took it like a man and moved on.

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                          • #14
                            QUOTE(210 @ Nov 4 2005, 06:23 PM) Quoted post

                            QUOTE(dredbyrd @ Nov 4 2005, 06:15 PM) Quoted post

                            Has Worker's Comp come into play in any sports before this case?
                            [/b][/quote]

                            Mike Utley
                            [/b][/quote]

                            Got it, thanks.

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                            Utley is one of only five former professional athletes among the 46,732 people now receiving weekly Workers' Compensation benefits, state records show[/b][/quote]

                            1999 article
                            Damn these electric sex pants!

                            26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

                            Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

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                            • #15
                              Hard to believe they would not have ruled in favor of this player, unless the team hired one helluva defense team.

                              I hope this sets a precedent for when my brain finally implodes at my job - sure, I'll be dead - but hopefully my trustees will get a nice settlement. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sleep.gif[/img]
                              I leave for two days...

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