Musings —05.08.2015 10:09 AM—
Not based on the evidence in this case, they’re not.
Full disclosure: former Maple Leaf Andre Derveaux is a friend and a client. This morning, we helped him at a press conference about what has happened to him over the past few weeks.
Andre was playing in the Swedish league in the playoffs. This what Per Helmersson did to him.
Here’s what happened next:
- Andre suffered a serious brain injury.
- Helmersson didn’t get a penalty. The game went on, but Andre was carried off the ice.
- Andre’s team, and the league, did nothing for him.
- In warm-ups at the next game – a game Andre shouldn’t have tried to play in, but his team pushed him to play in – Helmersson and some of his teammates informed Andre that he was going to be carried off the ice in a stretcher. Andre spoke to coaching staff on his team, then hit Helmersson on his skate.
- Helmersson wasn’t injured. In fact, he went jogging afterwards.
- Andre, however, was suspended for a year. He was threatened by the league and Swedish authorities. And the Swedish media have demonized him as a pariah.
- Back home, his doctors have told him he will likely never play again. And, over in Sweden, one doctor said that Andre has clearly been seriously injured – and that Swedes should be “ashamed” for how they have dealt with this Canadian.