Former NHLer sues team

KEVIN MARTIN, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:25 PM ET

Former NHLer and current Lloydminster Bobcats coach and GM Brian Curran is suing an AJHL rival for firing him last fall.

Curran, 46, is seeking in excess of $350,000 from the Brooks Bandits organization after he was dismissed by the team a month into the Alberta Junior Hockey League regular season.

Curran, who was coach and GM of the Bandits for a little over a year, was let go last Oct. 16.

At the time the team had seven wins, four losses, a tie and an overtime loss, but had started the season with a six-game winning streak.

He was hired by the Bobcats on Nov. 25.

In his statement of claim the former journeyman, who played for five NHL teams between 1980-81, and 1993-94, along with a host of minor league squads, alleges he was “improperly and maliciously” terminated by the Bandits.

To make matters worse, his court documents say, Curran’s reason for being fired was never made public, leading players and fans to speculate on why he was released.

“To the date of the filing of this statement of claim, the defendant has never explained to either the community or the players and the parents of the Bandits, the reason for the termination,” it says.

The result has left “the plaintiff the subject of gossip, innuendo and damage to his good name,” says the claim, filed in Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench.

“The defendant terminated the employment of the plaintiff in a manner calculated ... to ensure (Curran) and the reasons for his dismissal would be the subject of rumour within the small community of Brooks,” it says.

Both Lloydminster and Brooks, which finished seventh and fifth in their respective AJHL divisions, have been eliminated from the league playoffs.

A statement of defence disputing the unproven allegations contained in Curran’s lawsuit, has not yet been filed.

kevin.martin@sunmedia.ca


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