December 4, 2022

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‘It was a puck!’: Child suffers concussion after being hit in the face with hockey puck while shopping by West Edmonton Mall ice rink

“(Taliana was) having really bad headaches, she’s vomiting, she’s crying, she said she’s seeing double. So I took her straight to the Stollery”

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Dodging flying hockey pucks is not something Natasha Brown-Flynn thought her young child needed to worry about in the middle of a shopping mall.

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The mother and daughter were out looking for Christmas presents on the second floor of West Edmonton Mall Dec. 15, walking by the Ice Palace hockey rink, when she saw something black fly through her field of vision. She thought it was a bird until her seven-year-old daughter Taliana Flynn-Humphrey started to scream.

“I thought something may have grazed her, but by her reaction of just dropping down on the ground and screaming — I was frantic. I couldn’t even think for two seconds, like, what the hell happened? We’re inside of a mall,” she said. “Then a guy that was behind me said ‘It was a puck! It’s a puck!’”

Workers at the coffee kiosk nearby heard the commotion and said they found the puck behind the counter — it had rolled over to them. She took the puck and went to security who called for help.

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Paramedics came after 15 minutes, but it was difficult to see the damage right away as the hit was fresh, Brown-Flynn said. She was told to take her daughter home and monitor her.

But soon after they arrived home, Brown-Flynn said it was clear something was wrong.

“(Taliana was) having really bad headaches, she’s vomiting, she’s crying, she said she’s seeing double. So I took her straight to the Stollery,” Brown-Flynn said.

A skater hits the rink at the Ice Palace at West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
A skater hits the rink at the Ice Palace at West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

At the hospital she learned her daughter had a concussion.

Postmedia has seen pictures of Flynn-Humphrey’s injuries. An image from Dec. 15 just after 9 p.m. — where a sign for the Ice Palace can be seen in the background — shows a small cut under the girl’s eye and around her nose. Blue and yellow bruising developing under her eye and around her nose are clear in photos taken the following day.

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‘Completely sickened’

Brown-Flynn, who was visiting Edmonton from Toronto, reached out to Postmedia in an effort to warn the public.

Williem Manchuk, Brown-Flynn’s lawyer, said the Ice Palace’s net did not extend to the second floor but the mall has a duty to protect the public. “You can’t have a potentially dangerous situation and not take reasonable steps to prevent them,” he said.

Brown-Flynn says she’s “completely sickened” by the event. She’s reached out to West Edmonton Mall multiple times but said no one responded. The mall did not respond to inquiries from Postmedia.

But her daughter is still suffering both physically and emotionally, said Brown-Flynn.

“(Taliana) is traumatized to even step foot into a mall,” she said. “She doesn’t sleep (well). She still has headaches, she still gets dizzy .. she’ll start crying for small things, small things she would never be fussed about.”

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