Late Tuesday night, The Hockey News reported Manchester Monarchs goaltender Patrik Bartosak was arrested and facing felony second-degree assault charges stemming from an incident with his girlfriend on Monday.
According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, the 22-year-old goaltender attempted to strangle his girlfriend. The Union Leader’s report goes on to say “Seven domestic simple assault charges allege he grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her against a wall, put his hand around her neck and choked her, grabbed her right chest and pulled her up off a bed, punched her in the chest twice, slapped her in the face and slapped her three times on both legs.”
A short time ago, the Los Angeles Kings and Manchester Monarchs issued a joint release on Bartosak’s future with the club:
MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Manchester Monarchs, ECHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, echo the following sentiments of their NHL affiliate in this matter.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have suspended the contract of goaltender Patrik Bartosak, the club announced today. The club has issued the following statement:
“This morning our Club suspended Patrik Bartosak for his actions resulting in his arrest in Manchester, NH on November 16. We take this matter very seriously. Our response in this matter reflects our extreme disappointment, particularly given the programs we have instituted internally and the commitment our organization has made to educating our players on the prevention of domestic violence. This is the first step in an ongoing process as we continue to gather information related to this incident and monitor the legal proceedings.”
Bartosak will be back in court on December 16 for a hearing on the felony charge.
Trial on the simple assault charges is set for January 28, 2016.