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A TSN report says the Vancouver Canucks are being sued by a B.C. family who allege their teenaged son suffered traumatic brain injuries after being struck on the head by a barrel from a confetti cannon at Rogers Arena in 2011.
According to a new TSN.ca report, the Vancouver Canucks are being sued in British Columbia's Supreme Court by a B.C. family whose teenaged son alleges he was injured after being struck on the head by the barrel of a roof-mounted, confetti-shooting air cannon at Rogers Arena.
Davis Baynton, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, was attending a game between the Canucks and San Jose Sharks with his parents in Vancouver on May 24, 2011 when the incident is said to have occurred. He and his family allege that, when an air cannon located near the arena's roof fired confetti over the rink and seating areas as the game was ending, a barrel from one of the cannons came loose and struck the then-15-year-old boy in the head. The suit claims he has suffered traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic amnesia, and other cognitive issues as a result.
The TSN report states all NHL teams have stopped the use of roof-mounted air confetti cannons, but it was unclear whether the move came as part of a league-wide edict or word-of-mouth between franchises.
The Baynton family's claims have not been proven in a court, and their lawyer has yet to make any public comment. They are suing the Canucks and Hollynorth Production Supply, the company that supplied the air cannons, and have not indicated how much money they are seeking in damages. The Canucks have yet to file a statement of defense, but their chief operating officer told TSN Thursday the organization is concerned for the young man's well-being.
"This was a serious and unfortunate incident," Victor de Bonis said. "Our immediate concern was for Davis's health and well-being, which remain the most important considerations today. The safety and security of our guests is always the highest priority for our organization. We sincerely wish Davis and his family well."