Calgary Flames forward Brett Sutter has been charged with assault. ((Scottsdale Police Department))

Police in Scottsdale, Ariz., say Calgary Flames forward Brett Sutter has been charged with assault after allegedly punching another man outside a bar.

Sutter was arrested on Thursday after a disturbance between two men who were leaving a bar called the American Junkie at closing time.

Police say the 23-year-old player — the son of Flames general manager Darryl Sutter — was released on bond about an hour after his arrest.

Police say it's not yet clear what led to the fight or whether Sutter knew the man, who has been identified only as a taxi driver.

The man wasn't seriously injured, police say, but wished to press charges for assault.

Sutter has been ordered to appear for his initial court date, which police say will likely be in the next few weeks. 

There was no immediate comment Thursday from the Flames about possible disciplinary action against Sutter, who has one assist in four games since being recalled from the minors.

"There was a troubling incident, of which we are gathering more information and we'll determine where it goes, obviously, in the future," said Flames president Ken King.

"I will say this — he's a solid young man. What is being alleged is completely out of character for him and he's a member of our team and we support our team."

The Flames have been practising in Scottsdale as they prepare for Friday night's game in Glendale against the Phoenix Coyotes.

With files from The Canadian Press