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Former veteran NHL player Thomas Steen faces assault accusations

Thomas Steen, seen here  with the Jets in 1992 in a game vs. the Washington Capitals, reportedly attacked the woman at a Boston Pizza restaurant. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) Thomas Steen, seen here with the Jets in 1992 in a game vs. the Washington Capitals, reportedly attacked the woman at a Boston Pizza restaurant. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Thomas Steen, who played 14 years in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, is currently facing accusations of assault for allegedly attacking a woman he knows while at a restaurant last week, according to The Province.

He has not been formally charged but did turn himself in to police under the condition that he returns for a court appearance.

The 53-year-old Steen had been on the Winnipeg Police Board prior to reports of the incident, but Scott Fielding, a councilmember on the board, said he is no longer part of the group in the wake of the incident. Steen was elected to the Winnipeg City Council Board in 2010, 15 years after he retired from the NHL. 

Steen's son, Alex, currently plays for the St. Louis Blues.

The Winnipeg Free Press obtained an emailed statement from Steen to other members of the council in which he indirectly addresses the incident, only saying that he is taking a leave of absence from the board to deal with a "private personal matter."

"Dear Council Colleagues: In response to allegations in recent media reports I would like to advise you that I will be taking some time to deal with a private personal matter."
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