LA Kings prospect faces domestic assault charges: Report

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GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 16: Goaltender Patrik Bartosak #65 of the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL rookie camp game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on September 16, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Patrik Bartosak
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 16: Goaltender Patrik Bartosak #65 of the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL rookie camp game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on September 16, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Patrik Bartosak

Los Angeles Kings goaltending prospect Patrik Bartosak is facing 12 domestic related charges according to the Manchester (New Hampshire) Union Leader.

Per the Union Leader:

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A felony charge of second-degree assault alleges Bartosak attempted to strangle his girlfriend early Monday afternoon at 22 Country Club Drive. Seven domestic simple assault 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 up off a bed, punched her in the chest twice, slapped her in the face and slapped her three times on both legs.

Reportedly, Bartosak told his girlfriend, “If you don’t have anything to say I’m going to kill you.”

“I’m going to punch you in the face if you don’t say anything,” and “I hope you know I’m going to knock you out and put you to sleep before I leave.”

Bartosak was recently sent down to the ECHL’s Manchester Monarchs from the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign on a conditioning assignment. The 22-year-old Bartosak was drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Kings. He is from the Czech Republic.

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According to the Union Leader, he is free on "$10,000 cash/surety bond, with conditions that include no contact with the alleged victim and not going to the Country Club Drive address."

Said the Kings in a statement:

“This is a very serious matter and these allegations represent a type of behavior we do not stand for. We will continue to gather information and comment further when appropriate.”

Last season, Los Angeles defenseman Slava Voynov was charged with corporal injury to spouse with a great bodily injury. He eventually pled no-contest and departed the United States for his native Russia.

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi took responsibility for Voynov and has since made many statements about how his organization needs to help players better understand issues surrounding domestic violence and drugs.

Before the season, members of the Kings organization, which included the Reign, took part in domestic violence training and listened to former NBA player Chris Herren discuss the dangers of drug abuse.The team announced a partnership with the local group Peace Over Voiolence before the season. 

Kings' owner AEG also created a "Conduct Awareness Program."

The goal of the new program is to create a sustainable plan for all AEG sports teams while setting standards and expectations for all employees.  It can also be adapted to fit the individual culture, ages and current state of each team and the key elements will be Core Values, Training and Education.  

Former King Jarret Stoll was arrested and eventually charged for drug possession last April in Las Vegas. The team terminated the contract of Mike Richards after it learned about a border crossing incident involving the prescription pain killer Oxycodone. 

“We neglected to educate our players,” Lombardi said last June. “We spend time teaching them systems, nutrition and everything else, but we missed a big step here in terms of ensuring they understand right and wrong and that this has to be reinforced, not only as a human being, but as somebody who is a representative of your community to heighten the need for this.”

A hearing with a local judge is set for Dec. 16.

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