A day for easing old hurts | The Colu...

A day for easing old hurts | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 18 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Dec 18, 2010, titled A day for easing old hurts | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Rhonda Naudascher, Brittanie Cecil's grandmother, embraces former Blue Jackets player Espen Knutsen after he greeted the girl's mother, Jody Naudascher, left.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Columbus Dispatch.

Vuvuzela Jabulani

Columbus, OH

#1 Dec 18, 2010
Too young.
kjc

West Jefferson, OH

#3 Dec 18, 2010
Thanks for a moving article.
The Truthteller

United States

#4 Dec 18, 2010
Folks, please don't overlook the message being conveyed by this story. The message is one of closure and much needed healing. Inasmuch as the family didn't want to discuss any such legal precedings, either past or ongoing, I submit that we should all follow suit. Quit picking at them and let them all heal.
Sidenote

Zanesville, OH

#5 Dec 18, 2010
A touching story of heartache and reconciliation.
BLEEPER

Blacklick, OH

#6 Dec 18, 2010
It is too bad a tragedy like this had to occur before the solution to an obvious problem was put in place. Pucks, baseballs, broken bats and even races cars going into the stands are a reality in the sports world. Hindsight is 20/20. It's too bad a little foresight wasn't used to address the problem BEFORE a fan was killed.

“The One, The True”

Since: Dec 09

Creation

#7 Dec 18, 2010
There are two lessons to be learned from this tragedy. The first, is to employ common sense measures to ensure spectator safety. Of course, there's a fine line because part of the attraction to the fans is the experience of "being there" if they're too safe, they'll stay home.

That's why you have to be vigilant. If you're sitting close to the action you need to have your eyes on the action. No gabbing with your buddies or fiddling with your smart phone.

I've seen it all, man. People nailed by hockey pucks, some fat woman getting smacked in the jibs by a hooking foul ball, a drunk rich guy getting Shaqs shack in his face. Things happen. You can't be 100% protected, so when you buy a ticket to a sporting event you assume some degree of risk.
CincyBuckeye

Cincinnati, OH

#8 Dec 18, 2010
Borat wrote:
"The family eventually received a financial settlement from the NHL, the Blue Jackets and others, including The Dispatch Printing Company, a minority owner of the team."
What responsibility did any of those entities bear for her death?
You go to a hockey games you know the risk.
This was terrible accident but once again the lawsuit society means somebody has to cough up cash.
The hospital. if at fault, I could see perhaps but not the other entities.
Not the place for this.......but you are right.
Smawgunner

Columbus, OH

#9 Dec 18, 2010
I hope you're reading this Espen. You are a great man with great integrity. The ONLY ones who could have ever put blame on you are those who are absolutely out of touch with reality and unhappy about something inside themselves. Hold your head high and keep on promoting the great sport of hockey. God bless.
CBJ2112

Waterloo, Canada

#10 Dec 18, 2010
What a great article. As someone who has shared season tickets since the inaugural season, I have attended over 100 games, including the one where this tragedy occurred. Every time I see a puck hit the netting I think about Brittanie. EVERY time!! God bless her family and Espen Knutsen and his family.
An American

Columbus, OH

#11 Dec 18, 2010
I thought it was horrible how Epsen was portayed by Sports Illustrated. After that cover picture of him looking into the stands, I have never read a copy or supported anything they do.
just me

Columbus, OH

#12 Dec 18, 2010
Borat wrote:
"The family eventually received a financial settlement from the NHL, the Blue Jackets and others, including The Dispatch Printing Company, a minority owner of the team."
What responsibility did any of those entities bear for her death?
You go to a hockey games you know the risk.
This was terrible accident but once again the lawsuit society means somebody has to cough up cash.
The hospital. if at fault, I could see perhaps but not the other entities.
Excellent point.
213 Sentinel

Columbus, OH

#13 Dec 18, 2010
Perhaps the Dispatch can now find closure on this and stop doing stories about it.
Agent 32

Columbus, OH

#14 Dec 18, 2010
An American wrote:
I thought it was horrible how Epsen was portayed by Sports Illustrated. After that cover picture of him looking into the stands, I have never read a copy or supported anything they do.
Agreed! Those SOB's at Sports Illustrated threw Espen on the cover under the headline describing the tragedy, and all reports were that it really compounded the anguish that he felt. I've never, ever had anything to do with SI since then either. A side benefit of that is that I've been saved from a lot of awful writing. Sports Illustrated can go to hell.
Watch This

Columbus, OH

#15 Dec 18, 2010
Borat wrote:
"The family eventually received a financial settlement from the NHL, the Blue Jackets and others, including The Dispatch Printing Company, a minority owner of the team."
What responsibility did any of those entities bear for her death?
You go to a hockey games you know the risk.
This was terrible accident but once again the lawsuit society means somebody has to cough up cash.
The hospital. if at fault, I could see perhaps but not the other entities.
You're a moron. The NHL refused for years to put up a simple device that would have prvented this girl's death. It took litigation to make the NHL do it, and enjoyment of the game has not been changed one iota. No other children will die as a result; that is the benefit of litigation that forced someone to do the right thing that they refused to do. And, yes, the hospital failed to do it's job right as well. When a child dies because someone drops the ball, people need to be held accountable.

“The One, The True”

Since: Dec 09

Creation

#16 Dec 18, 2010
Watch This wrote:
<quoted text>
You're a moron. The NHL refused for years to put up a simple device that would have prvented this girl's death. It took litigation to make the NHL do it, and enjoyment of the game has not been changed one iota. No other children will die as a result; that is the benefit of litigation that forced someone to do the right thing that they refused to do. And, yes, the hospital failed to do it's job right as well. When a child dies because someone drops the ball, people need to be held accountable.
The reason the NHL resisted this is because the fans were against it. There were a number of proposals to put up netting or extend the glass but fans griped. You see, the puck flying into the crowd was not seen as a lethal hazard, but as an opportunity to snag a keepsake. Have you ever seen a foul ball flare into the stands? Fans love it but imagine sitting a few feet beyond the end of the dugout down the right field line when Jim Thome ropes one foul.

It took a fatality to convince the NHL to alienate the fans and put up those nets.

Of course, it doesn't take a genius to assess the risk and pass on those seats.

This was an accident. Was it preventable? Yes, but the reason it wasn't prevented is that the fans were willing to assume the risk. I guarantee you that had that puck bounced harmlessly off the seat and landed at Brit's feet, she would have been thrilled to walk out of there with it. I bet everybody had the same thought as they took their seats that night: "Oooh, I hope they hit a puck up here."

Like most kids, Brittanie lost interest in the game and was looking elsewhere when that puck was drilled up there. That's what kids do.

I'm not going to blame anybody. These things happen. Your safety is never guaranteed, nor should it be.
Northwest Sider

Dublin, OH

#18 Dec 18, 2010
I was wondering about this sad story when I heard news that Espen was coming back to town. I am happy that Espen and the girl's family met.

As many rough times as there has been for the Columbus Blue Jackets, this incident was the darkest day in Blue Jackets history. No blowout losses or losing streaks compare to this.
cowboy

Dublin, OH

#19 Dec 18, 2010
Watch This wrote:
<quoted text>
You're a moron. The NHL refused for years to put up a simple device that would have prvented this girl's death. It took litigation to make the NHL do it, and enjoyment of the game has not been changed one iota. No other children will die as a result; that is the benefit of litigation that forced someone to do the right thing that they refused to do. And, yes, the hospital failed to do it's job right as well. When a child dies because someone drops the ball, people need to be held accountable.
Brittanie Cecil's death have been the official "first flying hockey puck death," but anyone who's paid attention to hockey knows that there have been MANY instances of pucks hitting people in the stands, causing serious injury and even brain damage.

I remember such a story in the 80's, where some teenage girl / spectator suffered a broken jaw from a flying hockey puck. I can't remember the exact team or game but I seem to remember it happening in Cincinnati or Dayton (both cities used to have old hockey teams ... Dayton Gems? I can't remember exactly)
James

Columbus, OH

#20 Dec 20, 2010
An American wrote:
I thought it was horrible how Epsen was portayed by Sports Illustrated. After that cover picture of him looking into the stands, I have never read a copy or supported anything they do.
+1 on SI being opportunistic, douch-baggy a-holes by putting that cover out. Wont read that mag again, EVER.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

NHL Central Division Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Ranking the 10 Most Trusted Defensemen in the NHL Apr 23 Are Phartse 9
News New Wild winger Teemu Pulkkinen will be on powe... (Oct '16) Feb '17 Phartolloni 2
News Watch: Red Wings defenseman scores, stuns goali... (Oct '16) Feb '17 Phartiple 5
News Detroit Red Wings Links: Limping Into the All-S... Jan '17 PlayersPharts 2
News FBI Raids Sommet Group In Cool Springs - NewsCh... (Jul '10) Dec '16 I R Pist 1,478
News Gordie Howe dead at age 88 (Jun '16) Jun '16 RIP 1
News Chicago Blackhawks send Garbutt to Anaheim Duck... (Jan '16) Jan '16 Fart news 2
More from around the web