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Montreal man beats street hockey fine

A Quebec judge has ruled that West Island resident David Sasson does not have to pay a $75 fine for playing street hockey with his son last year.

Father appealed $75 penalty for playing shinny on suburban street

Street hockey is illegal under a rarely-enforced bylaw in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. ((Canadian Press))

A Quebec judge has ruled that West Island resident David Sasson does not have to pay a $75 fine for playing street hockey with his son last year.

Sasson was fined after he, his son Justin and other children in the suburban West Island neighbourhood of Dollard-des-Ormeaux played shinny on the street last March.

David Sasson, holding a photo of his son Justin, thinks street hockey should be legal. ((CBC))
A neighbour called authorities to complain about the noise.

"I feel great," Sasson said after the ruling came down Thursday at a Montreal courthouse. "It was a great win, and a good fight."

The judge ruled Sasson doesn't have to pay any fines because there was no safety concern in his case.

 Under a safety bylaw, street hockey is technically illegal in Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

Sasson fought his ticket because he thinks the bylaw is ridiculous.

"I accomplished something," he said. "Whether the bylaw changes or not, I don't know, but at least people know they can fight city hall, and they should, when they believe in something."