A 36-year-old B.C. man who was sexually assaulted by a junior hockey coach has been awarded $600,000 in damages after a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled the man's playing career suffered as a result of the abuse.
The provincial government admitted liability in the case because a probation officer failed to tell a minor hockey association that convicted sex offender Richard Hall was volunteering in the organization.
The victim, whose identity is not revealed in court documents, was 13 years old when Hall sexually assaulted him twice in 1988.
Court heard expert testimony during hearings in Victoria that the abuse was a critical factor in the emotional problems the victim later suffered, including mood swings and excessive drinking, and that those problems limited a promising hockey career.
The victim was drafted into the NHL in the 1990s but never actually played in the league, and filed a lawsuit seeking damages on the basis of the possible income he might have earned through multiple hockey contracts over several years.
But the court limited the issue to a three-year contract and awarded him $605,000 in damages for the loss of past and future income and vocational and psychotherapy costs.