Montreal Canadiens prospect Nathan Beaulieu faces assault charges

The London Free Press.

LONDON, ONT. – Top Montreal Canadiens prospect Nathan Beaulieu, 20, faces two assault charges after a dustup at a house party in Strathroy, Ont., last weekend, police say.

Police in the southern Ontario town say Beaulieu and his dad Jacques — head coach of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting — are each charged with two counts of assault.

Deputy chief Mark Campbell said Nathan Beaulieu is still in Montreal, but police are awaiting his arrival in Strathroy later this week.

Nathan Beaulieu, Montreal Canadiens.. Photo source: London Free Press
Nathan Beaulieu, Montreal Canadiens. Photo source: London Free Press

The young player’s lawyer, Patrick Ducharme, said his client hopes to compete in the playoffs for the Canadiens.

Campbell said alcohol was a factor in Saturday’s violence, which occurred after the Beaulieus had attended a golf tournament in the area.

“The evidence presented is that there was a disagreement which resulted in an altercation against the first victim,” he said. “That victim then left, and there was a second altercation which resulted in the second being assaulted.”

In both cases, police said, the father and son teamed up on their alleged victims — one of whom is a former player of Jacques’.

The injuries were minor, Campbell said.

The Canadiens and the Sting have declined to comment.

Jacques Beaulieu — who on Monday was named a finalist for Ontario Hockey League coach of the year — is set to appear in court June 11. Until then, he isn’t to contact his two alleged victims.

By Jennifer O’Brien