SMG Sued For Faulty Ice At Save Mart Center

FRESNO, CA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Former Fresno Falcons hockey standout Cory Murphy is reportedly suing the Fresno State University and the Save Mart Center’s management company SMG for allegedly failing to identify unsafe ice conditions at the arena that led to a career-ending leg injury in 2006.

The lawsuit filed in Fresno County Superior Court said Murphy suffered a broken leg, dislocated ankle and other injuries during a game at the arena, because ice conditions were not acceptable for hockey on the day of the accident.

“Because of inferior ice conditions, [Murphy’s] skate lost its edge and caught at the boards,” the lawsuit alleges, according to the Fresno Bee. “At that time, the ice was not thick enough, strong enough or maintained enough for playing hockey.”

The suit alleges that SMG and Fresno State should have known the ice was not up to par, and seeks an unspecified amount of money for Murphy’s lost wages, medical expenses and loss of ability to earn money playing hockey.

According to the lawsuit, Murphy’s coaches complained to Save Mart Center officials that the ice was in such poor condition that concrete “was exposed in places near the edge of the rink where [Murphy] was injured.”

The game was cancelled after Murphy’s accident because referee’s deemed the ice unplayable. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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