Each spring, I spend my weekends in a Fighting Sioux hockey jersey anxiously and nervously watching my college team work their way down the stretch to the playoffs. Like many hockey fans I get invested in my team, from the rosters to the rivalries. Rivalries in hockey make those matchups especially exciting. Certainly there will be on-ice chatter. Sometimes that antagonistic chirping, hard checking, pushing and shoving escalates to a dangerous level. Typically, injuries suffered during the course of a game are not subject to criminal or civil liability, which is something each player knows and accepts as part of being an athlete. However, in rare instances the way in which an injury is inflicted lends itself to liability on the part of the injurer.