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In No Comment on July 1, 2010 by thesignalinthenoise

Two fathers are suing the Greater Toronto Hockey League, one of its clubs and four coaches for $25,000 each because their sons were cut by the Avalanche Minor Sports Club midget junior A team during tryouts in April.  A team of 17 players was selected from a try-out pool of more than 70.  Note the statement of claim:

Father A:  “Their direct actions have caused irreparable psychological damage to Daniel Longo’s self esteem as an impressionable teenager and demoralized Daniel as an athlete and team hockey player with his peers. The conduct by all defendants destroyed the dignity of my son, whom in good conscience gave his team nothing but his best efforts.”

Father B:  “When Christopher was advised of his termination by my wife and I, he vowed never to play the game he loved since childhood. And, morevoer, his misguided group of defendants demoralized my wife and I, whom had gone well beyond the call of duty as parents in support of the Toronto Avalanche hockey team for two seasons.”

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3 Responses to “No Comment”

  1. In any case, reading the article, it seems to me the real issue is a beef between the parents and the coach, who was under suspension yet still apparently participated and essentially conducted the try-outs.

    And joint with that the two kids were supposedly not allowed to try out with other teams. If that is the case, then indeed there may be something fishy. It is fine to not make the cut with one time. But to be barred from trying out elsewhere, then not making the cut, from a coach under suspension, is not a clean cut story.

    Because of the stringent standing interpretation that many course have adopted recently they may have decided that this is a good way to claim damages.

    In any case I don’t know more than what’s in the article, but I mostly want to point out two things: Pulling quotes out of context always has a chance to give a different impression than what is really going on. And the second is we should suspend judgment more to get a fuller picture.

    For example would your post have changed if you also had included this:

    “Thank the good Lord that my son had the courage and strength to compose himself in his demoralized state,” reads the statement of claim.

    I don’t argue that it would be more accurate, but it serves to make the point.

    • As the risk of going against the spirit of “no comment,” I was particularly struck by the attitude of the parents. Even if the facts occurred in the manner most favorable to the claimants, I think the attitude of the parents reflected by the statements is — shall we say — less than ideal. That was the intended focus of my post.

    • And for what it’s worth (and I’ve had a ton of experience in this sort of case, from all sides), it seems to me most likely that the suspended coach angle is merely designed to try to get a different result on team selection. Somehow I doubt whether the dads would have had a problem with any suspension if their kids had been picked.

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