Wings' Security Turns Away Servers
Dec. 07, 2001
DETROIT (AP) _ Red Wings security turned away process servers trying to subpoena members of the organization hours before the team lost a game in New Jersey.
The process servers sought cooperation from security personnel at the team hotel and at Continental Airlines Arena to serve the subpoenas, team spokesman John Hahn said Friday.
Security turned them away at both places. Coach Scotty Bowman said the distraction contributed to the team's 4-1 loss in New Jersey last Saturday.
The subpoenas stem from the 1997 limousine accident that severely injured defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov.
Richard Goodman, the lawyer representing Konstantinov, Mnatsakanov and former Wings defenseman Slava Fetisov, who also was in the car, is investigating if the Red Wings' insurance might cover the limousine driver, Richard Gnida, and the company, Gambino Limo Service.
Goodman sued on behalf of Fetisov, Konstantinov and Mnatsakanov against Gambino and Gnida. A mediation panel awarded the team members hundreds of millions of dollars. But they can't collect from Gambino and Gnida, so they are exploring other avenues.
One of the insurance carriers, Chubb Insurance, is based in New Jersey. Goodman is seeking an interpretation of a New Jersey insurance policy in that state's courts.
``We still hope we can get agreement from the Wings to supply us with the information we seek,'' Goodman told the Detroit Free Press.