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A city spokesman said the insurance company that insures the arena operator is processing the claim.

The City of Langford says it will not have to pay more than $1 million in damages awarded to a woman who was hit in the head by a hockey puck at the Eagle Ridge Hockey Arena in 2014.

A city spokesperson told Black Press Media via email that the contractor that maintains the arena has insurance that will handle the litigation and claim.

“The outcome of the litigation has no financial impact on Langford taxpayers as this was an insurance matter,” the spokesman wrote.

The case was brought by Sherry Matthews after a hockey puck flew through a hole in the safety netting and struck the 60-year-old woman just above her right eye. The lawsuit names the city, the contractor that runs the arena, the player who hit the puck and his team.

Matthews claimed a large amount of lost wages, saying her recent success in selling credit and debit card processing machines was undone by ongoing health problems in the years following the incident. She was awarded $804,000 for loss of past earnings, $11,000 for loss of future earnings, $60,000 for future care costs and $175,000 for unquantifiable damages such as pain and suffering.

The arbitration award was appealed, with the defendants arguing that Matthews had underlying medical conditions and that eyewitnesses did not observe Matthews bleeding or being unconscious after being struck by the puck.

But a three-judge panel of the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled in Matthews' favor and dismissed the appeal.

According to the city spokesperson, Langford was not involved in the lawsuit. Everything was handled by the insurance company that covers Performance Plus Hockey and is also named in the lawsuit.

“The city is committed to ensuring its contractors maintain the city's infrastructure and facilities at the highest standards to ensure public safety and enjoyment,” the spokesperson's statement said. “The 2014 incident was unfortunate.”

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