NHL - Doan ends legal battle

Reuters - Fri, 27 Aug 23:42:00 2010

National Hockey League player Shane Doan and a Canadian politician reached an out-of-court settlement on Friday in their defamation dispute stemming from a game nearly five years ago.

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The men were suing each other for defamation in relation to events in December 2005 when the Phoenix Coyotes' forward received a penalty during a game against the Montreal Canadiens for allegedly making derogatory comments at French-speaking on-ice officials.

Liberal Member of Parliament Denis Coderre referred the issue to Hockey Canada, the sport's national governing body, and questioned Doan's selection to the team that represented Canada at the 2006 Olympic Games.

Doan, who repeatedly denied making any derogatory comments during the Montreal game, was later cleared by the NHL. He filed a defamation suit against Coderre, who fired back with a defamation suit of his own.

According to a statement released on Friday by Coderre's office, the two sides agreed the men would settle the matter between them rather than go ahead with a trial that was expected to last 11 days.

Terms of the settlement were not given.


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