Former Carleton hockey coach sues university

June 29, 2010

A former men's hockey coach at Carleton University is suing the institution for withdrawing what he thought would be a 4-year contract extension, and then dismissing him altogether in late April. In a suit filed last week, Fred Parker is seeking $400,000 in damages for breach of contract, another $100,000 for defamation, and an additional $100,000 in punitive damages. Carleton announced April 30 it had ended its 4-year relationship with Parker, a decision the school said it made because it was unable to reach an agreement with him. In his court filing, Parker claims he acted candidly and reasonably in negotiating a new contract and that his dismissal "violated good faith and fair dealing." Ottawa Citizen

Postscript: Feb 16, 2012

Carleton University and Fred Parker, its former men's hockey coach, have reached a settlement after nearly 2 years of often acrimonious negotiations between the institution and Parker, who has received the equivalent to approximately a 3-month severance. Parker had filed a lawsuit against Carleton in June 2010 for withdrawing what he thought would be a 4-year contract extension, and then dismissing him altogether in April of that year. Ottawa Citizen