On the heels of a high school rugby player convicted of manslaughter last month in the 2007 death of Manny Castillo in Ontario, Canada (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/05/28/castillo-guilty.html), the trial began today of a hockey player charged with assault causing bodily harm.
Robin Gomez of the Victoria Salmon Kings surprised an unsuspecting Chris Ferraro with a hard punch to the face during a minor professional hockey league game last year. Ferraro hit his head on the ice, was concussed and required eight stitches.
It is yet another in a long line of civil and criminal cases plaguing hockey violence in Canada. We’ll stay on top of this suit.