Chicago Blackhawk Wrongful Death Auto Accident Trial Begins

Injury lawyers that filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of former Chicago Blackhawk defenseman Keith Magnuson have moved forward to trial, according to CBC Sports. The lawsuit is pending in St. Louis County, Missouri Circuit Court. The defendant in the case, Rob Ramage, played defense for the Toronto Maple Leafs for several years.

The case stems from a 2003 car crash where Ramage allegedly collided with 2 other cars. He was recently found guilty of various forms of DUI charges in criminal court and is scheduled to be sentenced in January, 2008. Ramage himself underwent hip surgery as a result of the motor vehicle collision. Maguson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Magnuson played in the NHL from 1969-1979, and all of his 589 career games were with the Chicago Blackhawks. He went to the Stanley Cup twice with the Hawks in 1971 and 1973, both times losing to the Montreal Canadiens. He was also captain of the Blackhawks for several years.

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