A New York Rangers hockey fan, who was beaten unconscious after a Rangers-Philadelphia Flyers game a year ago, is suing one of the men who attacked him and the bar that served that man alcohol, according to The Star-Ledger.
The lawsuit was filed in Philadelphia by Neal Auricchio Jr., 37, a Westfield, N.J., resident who is a decorated Marine veteran of the war in Iraq and now serves as a police officer in Woodbridge, N.J. The defendants in the action are Dennis Veteri of Glassboro, N.J., and the South Philly Bar & Grill.
Six weeks ago Veteri, 33, was sentenced to house arrest and probation after pleading guilty to aggravated and simple assault, and conspiracy in the attack on Auricchio, The Ledger reported.
Auricchio held a press conference last week announcing his lawsuit, which he said he filed because he was angry about the lenient sentence, according to the newspaper.
Auricchio and a friend — dressed in Rangers’ jerseys — had traveled to Philly on Jan. 1 last year to see the National Hockey League’s Winter Classic, where the Flyers beat the Rangers 3-2, according to The Ledger. Auricchio and his friend were standing in line at Geno’s Steaks, a city landmark, following the game when they were attacked.
Auricchio was kicked and punched in the head and face, and was knocked unconscious. He later had to have a titanium plate put in his face because of his injuries, The Ledger reported.
The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages from Veteri and the South Philly Bar, where Veteri had racked up a $270 bar bill shortly before assaulting Auricchio, according to The Ledger.