Maine’s Wilson facing domestic assault charge

Posted April 10, 2009, at 2:31 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

ORONO — University of Maine hockey goalie Dave Wilson was arrested for domestic violence earlier this month and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

A 21-year-old female reported early on April 3 that Wilson assaulted her at the Bear Brew Pub the prior evening, Sgt. Josh Ewing said on Friday.

The two were in the downtown bar on April 2, when “she turned to walk away and he grabbed her by the back of the neck and pulled her back,” Ewing said.

The victim called police at 1:06 a.m. and Wilson was arrested at his Park Street apartment soon after and charged him with domestic assault. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, and was released later that day, a jail official said.

Wilson is scheduled to be in front of a 3rd District Court judge in Bangor May 28.

University of Maine athletic director Blake James and hockey coach Tim Whitehead said Wilson has been suspended indefinitely from the team.

“We will monitor it and address it after it goes through the legal system,” said James.

James and Whitehead said Wilson contacted them on that Friday morning (April 3) to notify them he had been arrested and what had transpired.

“He was obviously apologetic for creating the situation and was forthcoming with what happened,” said James. “He understood that there will be consequences involving the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.

“Obviously, any time we have a student-athlete charged with breaking a law, it’s disappointing,” added James.

“I was surprised to hear about the incident because we’ve never had any off-ice problems involving David in the past,” Whitehead said. “We’ll wait for the legal process to take its course and discuss any potential repercussions at that point.”

Wilson, a junior from Caledon East, Ontario, had backed up Ben Bishop in his first two seasons but earned more playing time in the second half of this past season after freshman Scott Darling slumped.

He finished with a 3-8-1 record, a 2.82 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. He had an impressive .916 save percentage over his last five starts before a groin pull ended his season prematurely.

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