“A Colorado jury has awarded $11.5-million in a lawsuit brought against helmet maker Riddell and several high school administrators and football coaches over brain injuries suffered by a teenager in 2008,” writes Catherine Tsai of the Associated Press in a story filed from Denver. “Saturday’s ruling comes as the company still faces a similar lawsuit in Los Angeles, plus a complaint by thousands of former NFL players against the league and Riddell.”
While the jury didn’t find Riddell helmets defective, it found that the company was negligent “in failing to warn people wearing its helmets about concussion dangers.”
Tsai’s story is right here.
Michael Shanks, who was born in Vancouver and grew up in Kamloops, plays the role of Gordie Howe in the Hallmark Channel original movie Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story. . . . The movie will be shown April 28 in Canada on CBC and May 4 on the Hallmark Channel in the U.S. . . . Mike Brudenell of the Detroit Free Press has more right here.
F Turner Elson, who has completed his WHL eligibility with the Red Deer Rebels, has joined the Abbotsford Heat, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames. Elson had 57 points, including 26 goals, in 64 regular-season games with the Rebels, then added nine points in nine playoff games. He played four seasons in Red Deer. . . . The Flames signed him as a free agent on Sept. 22, 2011.
The WHL’s playoff situation:
Edmonton (1) vs. Calgary (3)
Series opens Thursday in Edmonton; all games on Shaw TV.
Portland (1) vs. Kamloops (3)
Series opens Friday in Portland.
No games scheduled.
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