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Former Wing Kevin Miller loses court battle, owes significant sum to player injured 14 years ago

I don't mean this as a pun: when one is not familiar with the details of an on-ice incident, it's easy to "pass judgment" upon a player, but it's rarely wise to do so. As such, I'm going to suggest that you and I not make presumptions regarding this article from MLive's John Agar:

A federal judge has upheld a Swiss court’s $1.1 million judgment against former Detroit Red Wing Kevin Miller whose hit from behind in a Switzerland league ended the career of another player.

Miller, who played for the Red Wings and several other NHL teams, along with the Grand Rapids Griffins and Michigan State University, injured Andrew McKim, a Canadian, during a 2000 championship game.

Miller checked McKim in the head and neck after McKim took a shot on goal. McKim fell forward and struck his head on the ice. He was hospitalized several weeks with a concussion and other injuries.

Agar continues...

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The key sentence from the article is:

“Allianz has met its burden of showing that the FCMJRA applies to the judgment because it is undisputed that the judgment awards a sum of money to Allianz and is final, conclusive, and enforceable under Swiss law,” Quist wrote.

There was no trial of the issues in a Michigan federal court. The Insurance company merely established via a written motion that it had a valid judgement from another country that can and should be enforced under the provisions of the FCMJRA.

The states have a similar provision for enforcing judgements amongst them. It is commonly called the sister state judgement act.

That’s why it is called the “long arm of the law”  You can leave the state or country but the law will follow….

Now as to playing hockey and getting hit, that is an entirely different issue. “Suck it up Sally” is a phrase that come to mind.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, Czech out my recliner..... on 06/07/14 at 11:53 AM ET

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