Assault charges laid more than two years ago against former Canadiens’ captain Vincent Damphousse were withdrawn Tuesday in Quebec Court.
Damphousse, 45, was acquitted as a result.
The prosecution re-evaluated all of its evidence and decided to withdraw the charges, Crown prosecutor Sylvie Dulude told the court.
Damphousse had pleaded not guilty in 2011 to six charges alleging he assaulted his estranged wife Allana Henderson at different times between Jan. 1, 2008 and March 29, 2011.
Henderson was also charged in April 2011 with assaulting Damphousse. She faces charges alleging she stole a briefcase from Damphousse as well as assault with a weapon while driving a vehicle. She also pleaded not guilty.
The two charges against Henderson are still pending. (The two cases are separate.) A trial date for Henderson’s case was set on Tuesday for January 2015.
Damphousse, who appears as a panelist on the popular sports talk show L’antichambre on RDS, declined to speak to journalists following his acquittal after he left the Montreal court room.
Damphousse played 18 seasons in the NHL. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round — 6th overall — of the 1986 NHL draft. Damphousse spent five seasons with the Leafs before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers where he played for one season. He was with the Habs for seven seasons starting in 1992-93 when he put up 97 points and was part of the Canadiens’ last Stanley Cup victory. His final season in the NHL was in 2003-04 with the San Jose Sharks.