New Hampshire hockey goalie arrested, charged with assault
University of New Hampshire men's hockey goalie Casey DeSmith was arrested over the weekend for his role in a domestic dispute, according to a report in the Foster's Daily Democrat.
A police official said that officers received a call from a woman early Sunday morning saying DeSmith had assaulted her. DeSmith was later taken to a hospital, where officers had to wrestle him to the ground to handcuff him. DeSmith charged with one count of simple assault and one count of resisting arrest.
A reporter from UNH's student newspaper relayed details of the incident:
(1) Just got off the phone with Durham PD. The female victim was reportedly "thrown to the ground, jumped upon and was repeatedly punched... — Justin Loring (@JLo_TNH) September 3, 2014
(2) "...and spat upon." DeSmith "appeared to be intoxicated" and resisted arrest when officers tried to take him into custody at WD hospital — Justin Loring (@JLo_TNH) September 3, 2014
UNH has suspended DeSmith as the investigation of the incident proceeds. The school released a statement:
The University of New Hampshire is aware of Casey DeSmith's arrest. The university takes the allegations very seriously and will always act to ensure the health and safety of our community. The university will treat this report with the seriousness that it deserves and in a manner consistent with our handling of similar cases involving any UNH student. Consistent with our policies regarding student athletes charged with this type of behavior, Mr. DeSmith has been suspended from the men's hockey team pending further investigation into the matter.
DeSmith, 23, has been a starter since the 2011-12 season. Last year, he saved 984 shots and allowed an average of 2.40 goals per game.
- Chris Johnson