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Thomas Kempenski Suffers Serious Injury After Assault On Ice

Eighteen-year-old Boston Junior Rangers hockey player Thomas Kempenski suffered serious injuries after an alleged attack occurred on the ice in February, reported WHDH-TV 7 News. Kempenski said he was trying to break up a fight between the goalie and one of his teammates when the goalie suddenly struck him in the face with his hockey stick.

"I pushed him in front of me and he turned around and swung his stick just aimlessly and hit me in the face," said Kempenski.

Although his helmet shielded him from most of the blow’s impact, the 18-year-old was still left with a concussion and a broken jaw. John Kempenski, Thomas’ father, said his son’s face “was just blown up” after the hit while his jaw remained swollen. “And you realize, two inches lower it’d be a different outcome … He could have killed him,” said John.

Kempenski was taken to receive medical treatment at a Milton-area hospital until he was eventually transferred to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for an emergency surgery on his jaw. His mouth was wired shut for almost a week.

Police are still investigating the incident but believe that the goalie, who was later removed from his own hockey team, could face potential charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Local detectives also encourage anyone who witnessed the fight to contact them.

It is not clear whether Thomas Kempenski will decide to file an injury suit against the goalie. However, a Boston personal injury lawyer can explain the legal options Kempenski may have in this case and determine whether the teen can recover some damages from the assault.

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