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FORMER UND HOCKEY PLAYER SUES AGAIN JACE REED TAKES CASE TO N.D. COURT

Paulette Tobin, Herald Staff Writer

A former UND hockey player who collapsed during a 10-kilometer race and ultimately underwent three organ transplants is suing UND, his former hockey coaches and a corporation for the disabled again, this time in Grand Forks County District Court.

Jace Reed is asking for more than $50,000 for pain and suffering, medical expenses, injures and future earning loss.

Earlier this year, Reed withdrew a similar suit filed in federal court in Minnesota. In February, his attorneys said they would refile in Minnesota state court.

In September 1991, Reed collapsed from severe dehydration during a road race as part of dryland training workouts Sioux players were doing to prepare for the hockey season.

Reed later suffered from exercise-induced hyperthermia, or unusually high body temperature, along with hypotension, or abnormally low blood pressure.

He spent months in the hospital and underwent a kidney transplant, two liver transplant and a half-dozen other surgeries. The community raised $30,000 to help the Reed family pay its medical bills. Reed's attorneys have said his medical expenses now exceed $1 million.

Reed's suit is against UND, former UND hockey coach Gino Gasparini, assistant coaches James Scanlon and Craig Perry, hockey trainer Chad Peterson and the North Dakota Association for the Disabled, which sponsored the road race during which Reed collapsed.

Reed, of Bovey, Minn., signed a letter of intent with UND in 1989 and played varsity hockey from the fall of 1989 through the fall of 1991.

His suit said he was required to participate in the 10-kilometer race by UND coaches and trainers, who should have known there weren't enough water stations along the route to keep runners from becoming dehydrated. Medical treatment also was less than adequate, the suit alleges.

The North Dakota Association for the Disabled is charged with operating an unsafe race.

Reed's attorneys are Paul Smith and Paul Kieffer of Austin & Abrams of Minneapolis, and Shirley Dvorak of Moosbrugger, Ohlsen, Dvorak and Carter of Grand Forks.

At the time the original suit was filed, an attorney for UND filed a motion to dismiss the suit, saying the state had immunity. The North Dakota Supreme Court recently ruled the state does not have immunity from suits.

Editor's Note: UND required Jace Reed to participate in a 10-kilometer race without enough water stations along the route to keep runner from becoming dehydrated.  During the original lawsuit, UND filed a motion to dismiss the suit, saying the state had sovereign immunity.

Grand Forks Herald, September 20, 1994