Hockey

Bruin superstar Joe Thornton arrested: report

Joe Thornton was arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly assaulting a police officer, CFPL Television in London, Ont., reported.

It is alleged that the Boston Bruins captain was charged with assaulting and obstructing police resulting from a 2 a.m. incident at Burty Bob's Two, a bar in Thornton's home town of St. Thomas, Ont.

The 23-year-old forward, who turned down Team Canada G.M. Steve Tambellini's offer last month to play at the World Hockey Championships in Finland, was one of nine people that were arrested stemming from the disturbance.

Thornton's 27-year-old brother John was charged with resisting arrest and trespassing.

Joe Thornton was released on bail. A court date has not been set.

Thornton is coming off a strong regular season in which he finished third in league scoring with 36 goals and 101 points.

Thornton had a much harder time in the postseason, however, as he only registered a goal and two assists as the Bruins crashed out in the first round, losing to the New Jersey Devils four game to one.