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Reign player faces abuse charges

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Ontario Reign goalkeeper Patrik Bartosak, 22, was arrested on 12 charges related to domestic assault and violence Monday in Manchester, New Hampshire.

His charges included one felony charge of second-degree assault, seven domestic simple assault charges and three criminal threatening charges.

Bartosak allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend. According to the New Hamp­shire Union Leader, 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 off a bed, punched her in the chest twice, slapped her in the face and slapped her three times on both legs.

Bartosak is set to appear in court for a probable cause hearing Dec. 12 and trial on the assault, threatening and stalking misdemeanors has been set for Jan. 28, 2016.

The Los Angeles Kings drafted Bartosak in the fifth round of the draft in 2013. They have since suspended him without pay after the allegations against him were brought to light.

“We take this matter very seriously,” the Kings said in a statement. “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 second time that a Kings player has been under investigation for domestic violence in the past year.

Slava Voynov was arrested in October of last year on domestic abuse charges.

—Kat Simonelli

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