A chilling effect

What’s a dad to do when his kid is placed in a lower-level hockey team than the one he wants? Sue the parent volunteers who run the hockey league.

Parents may stop helping out on their kid’s teams if a Springbank lawyer successfully sues volunteers within his own son’s league, says the head of minor hockey in Calgary.

. . . Michael Kraik is suing the Springbank Minor Hockey Association because he says his nine-year-old son Alexander was deliberately placed on a weaker team due to favouritism from league officials for their own children.

. . . Kraik claims that during tryouts this fall, Alexander was subject to “clear abuse and overt bias by many of the SMHA’s evaluators, many of whom acted on personal agendas,” says the lawsuit.

He also claimed the boy was humiliated when he was forced to wear a different jersey designating him as “an inferior hockey player to all other players on the ice.”

The father is asking for $50,000 (Canadian) in damages. Thanks to Cameron Wood for the “psycho lawyer parent” link.

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  1. PJ/Maryland says:

    Parents may stop helping out on their kid’s teams if a Springbank lawyer successfully sues volunteers within his own son’s league, says the head of minor hockey in Calgary.

    I notice that Kraik himself doesn’t seem to have time to help out in running the hockey league. Too busy filing frivolous lawsuits, I guess.

  2. Don’t you just love lawyers????

  3. Walter E. Wallis says:

    $50,000 Canadian? How much is that in real money?

  4. $1.25

  5. A little more than $35,000 USD last I checked.

  6. Send the lawyer to the penalty box!

  7. Mark Odell says:

    Walter E. Wallis wrote: $50,000 Canadian? How much is that in real money?

  8. As for the favoritism, I always thought that was the primary reason parents volunteered. If you didn’t like it that your son lost out to Johnny who can barely skate, then (as PJ says) your choices are

    (1) become a coach
    (2) shut up

  9. Kirk Parker says:

    Eh? I thought it was only Americans who were lawsuit-crazy like this! Say it’s not true, Jean Chretien!!!

  10. jeff wright says:

    Well, now, how about this. Canadians. Who would have thought it? What will we do if it turns out that our moral compasses to the north are just as bad as we are?

  11. Joel Hammer says:

    I wonder if he ever lived in the USA?

    Joel

  12. Ah, Springbank. As a Calgarian for 33 years myself, I can tell you something about Springbank:

    Miles of exclusive, overpriced exurb, featuring ghastly houses with 5000 square feet of surplus gingerbread, all too many of which are inhabited by social-climbing snobs with more money than brains, more attitude than taste, & more debt than everything else combined. I believe it’s become a popular neighbourhood for lawyers who want to impress people with the success they haven’t actually achieved yet. It does not surprise me in the least to hear of such a lawsuit coming out of that environment.

  13. Laura Jones says:

    As parents, we are our child’s advocate. There are various right ways to choose teams fairly and there are very wrong ways. Unfortunately, many other families have been living this nightmare and many other abuses for years. People like to complain but have no guts to “do the right thing” until it involves their child.

    The “Good Ole Boy” Network needs to go! Keep the faith, someday, with people like Mr. Kraik, things will change! And remember, “Where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire!