Canadiens’ first-round draft pick Nathan Beaulieu and his father Jacques have pleaded guilty to assault, the Canadian Press reported on Wednesday. Both were granted conditional discharges.
The charges stemmed from an altercation at a house party in April that left two people with minor injuries.
Lawyer Patrick Ducharme said the ruling will allow Beaulieu and his father to continue their hockey careers, the CP story said.
“That means that there is no conviction registered,” Ducharme said. “The court accepts their taking responsibility for it, but instead of convicting the accused they gave each of them a discharge.”
The Canadiens selected Beaulieu 17th overall in the 2011 NHL entry draft. The 6-foot-1, 20-year-old defenceman played last season for the Hamilton Bulldogs and suited up for six games with the Canadiens, making his NHL debut on March 30 at the Bell Centre against the New York Rangers.
His father Jacques was dismissed in May as the general manager and head coach of the Sarnia Sting. When the team announced the news on May 30, Rob Ciccarelli, co-owner of the Ontario Hockey League team, said in a statement that “the reasons for his dismissal are not related to the on-ice performance of our hockey club.”
Beaulieu was a finalist for the OHL’s Coach of the Year award. The Sting posted a 35-28-1-4 record last season with him at the helm.