Judge awards $8M to hockey player disabled by bodycheck from behind

Quebec Superior Court justice concludes that the rule of law still applies on the ice

MONTREAL — A Montreal-area hockey player who was 16 when he became quadriplegic after a bodycheck from behind has been awarded eight million dollars.

One of Andrew Zaccardo’s lawyers says the amount handed down in a judge’s ruling this week might be a record in such a case in any sport.

Zaccardo has been unable to walk since being hit by Ludovic Gauvreau-Beaupre in 2010.

He also has limited use of his hands.

A Quebec Superior Court justice concluded in his judgment that the rule of law still applies on the ice.

Gauvreau-Beaupre had argued bodychecks are part of hockey, and there is an inherent risk when taking to the ice.

The Montreal Gazette quoted Zaccardo’s mother as saying the family is happy with the ruling, but still devastated by what happened.