Canucks fan says woman attacked her

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose police are investigating a 16-year-old girl's report that she was assaulted during a Sharks game at HP Pavilion while wearing the opposing team's jersey.

Maggie Herger told the San Jose Mercury News that a drunken Sharks fan hit her on the head in the second period during Wednesday's game between the Sharks and Vancouver Canucks.

Herger said she suffered a concussion and was taken away in an ambulance, at which point a passing Sharks fan shouted for her to "suck it up," the Mercury News reported.

"I just wanted to cry," Herger told the newspaper Thursday. "Who does that?"

But according to the Sharks, the accused fan, a middle-aged woman, told police and arena staff the contact was accidental and occurred during the celebration of a Sharks goal.

Police say they have taken statements from witnesses but do not expect to assign detectives to the case for at least a few days, and nobody has been arrested.

Herger, who is from Canada, had brain surgery four years ago to remove a tumor, and some Canucks players had visited her in the hospital. Herger's sister, Maya, had bought Maggie tickets to the Sharks' game against the Canucks as a Christmas present, according to the Mercury News.

Herger, who is out of the hospital, told the newspaper that she was nauseated, on medication and still had pain in her neck and head.

The Canucks, who are tied for first in the Western Conference, won the game 3-2 in overtime.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.