October 20, 2010
Michael Russo of the Star Tribune tracked down 28-year-old James Engquist from Mendota Heights, the Minnesota Wild fan who was grabbed and shoved by Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien(notes) in a game Tuesday night.
For those wondering how he'd respond to this brush with infamy, two words: potential litigation.
From the Star Tribune, Engquist's version of the events, which echo those in his brother's interview with KFAN earlier Wednesday:
"I was just standing straight up applauding as he was getting kicked out. He was out of control. And then I said, 'Way to be professional,' and he obviously didn't care for that comment and decided to grab me and almost dragged me over the rail. If my brother wasn't grabbing me and the other player wasn't grabbing him, he probably would have dragged me over the edge."
He said he has spoken to NHL security about the incident, but hasn't received an apology from the NHL or Rypien or the Canucks. The money quote, via Russo:
Engquist said he is "definitely seeking legal representation. ... I was assaulted, that's just the bottom line."
How that plays into Friday's in-person meeting between the NHL and Rypien regarding a suspension is anyone's guess. Our question: Does the threat of litigation over the following incident change your opinion about either of the parties involved?