ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – A hockey goalie who destroyed another player’s face with his stick is headed to jail.
Todd Ball, 38, of Fort Erie, Ont., was sentenced to serve 30 days on weekends and one-year of probation for assault causing bodily harm by Judge Tory Colvin Wednesday.
“I feel they should have made an example out of him,” the victim Ryan Cox, 27, of Fort Erie, said outside the courtroom. “I just don’t want this to happen to anybody else.
“He only got 30 days for breaking someone’s face. My life has never been the same.
“I can’t feel my face. It is numb. I get bad headaches. It is hard for me to sleep. I’ve had facial surgeries and reconstructions. The sentence was too lenient. It’s an injustice. It’s ridiculous.”
The incident occurred on May 7, 2016, during the final day of the 3-on-3 Ice Hockey Challenge at the Fort Erie Leisureplex.
Ball was celebrating his birthday and had been “binge drinking” since early in the morning, court was told.
Cox was on a breakaway near the end of the game. As he closed on the goal, Ball left his crease and — using two hands — swung his goal stick at Cox, smashing him square in the face.
Cox fell to the ice bleeding profusely. Niagara EMS took him to hospital by ambulance.
“I was just playing hockey,” Cox said. “It was a non-contact tournament for fun. I made a move on a guy and skated in and was about to take a shot.
“What upsets me is there was no reason behind it. There was no confrontation between us.”
Colvin said Ball, who wrote a letter of apology to Cox and is in counselling, has an alcohol problem.
“His memory of events of the day is…
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