Hockey

Brashear charged with assault

Donald Brashear is heading back into court, this time as the defendant. The Vancouver Canucks winger has been charged with assault, two months after appearing as a witness in the Marty McSorley assault trial.

Brashear, 28, was not arrested, but charged after allegedly grabbing the throat of the complainant at his Vancouver townhouse complex on Monday.

"It's alleged he assaulted a man after the man had told his wife to leave the weight room because she had her baby with her," Vancouver police spokeswoman Anne Drennan said.

"The victim did not receive any serious injuries and there were no punches thrown."

The weight room security video was seized and a summons issued for Brashear to appear in court on Jan. 2, 2001.

"We are aware of the assault charge against Donald Brashear," Canucks president and general manager Brian Burke said. "We will wait until the appropriate time to make further comment."

It is an ironic turn of events for the Canucks enforcer, who testified in the highly-publicized Marty McSorley trial on Sep. 26.

McSorley was charged with assault after knocking Brashear unconscious with his hockey stick in the final minute of the Canucks' 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Feb. 21.

He was found guilty, but given a conditional discharge.

Brashear has three goals, three assists and 52 penalty minutes in 22 games this season.

He missed all of training camp because of a contract dispute before re-signing for $1.15 million US on Sept. 20.