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Accused hockey players' sexual assault trial remanded

Monday, February 04, 2013   by: Brad Coccimiglio

The next court date for three Ontario Hockey League players accused of sexual assault will be February 25.

The date was set on Monday morning.
Current Greyhounds Nick Cousins and Andrew Fritsch and former Greyhound Mark Petaccio were charged in late-August with sexual assault after an incident at a local residence.
Cousins, Fritsch and Petaccio were charged with sexual assault on August 25.
At the time of the charges, Cousins was a Philadelphia Flyers prospect and Fritsch had been drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes.
Cousins was recently named Ontario Hockey Legue player of the month for January 2013.
The three accused were not present at the courthouse on Monday morning.
Earlier coverage of this ongoing story:
Greyhounds to open training camp without three players
Greyound sexual assault accused court date set
- Greyhounds: Cousins, Fritsch and Petaccio charged with sexual assault
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Zap 2/4/2013 2:43:43 PM Report

Big surprise.
chichimawn 2/4/2013 3:01:37 PM Report

Really, is it because Cousins was named hockey player of the month and he has to attend his adoring fans parties, after all HE IS hockey player of the month a rape charge should take 2nd seat! How many times do you suppose it will be remanded so the golden boys can PLAY hockey?
Wicket 2/4/2013 3:10:13 PM Report

Until the end of the season...duh
IB-fine 2/4/2013 3:16:05 PM Report

So sad they remand and remand so many cases and just don't get on with it.

As semi-pro hockey players on their way to being pro they will either be found no guilty or get community service then their records cleared so they can still play in other countries.

After all hockey players can't be guilty can they?
How many have gotten off, away with it, or not charged just cause they are a hockey player?
right wing 2/4/2013 3:44:29 PM Report

I will say this every time I see this type of reporting.
The media is PATHETIC and this has nothing to do with guilty, innocent or the deserving day in court.
Making mention of Cousins recently named Ontario Hockey Legue player of the month for January in a news article dealing with a rape allegation is wrong and a slap in the face to the victim.

bruizzed 2/4/2013 3:53:58 PM Report

Those boys may be very talented ..but
out of respect they should have been present and yes I agree the reporting is terrible. This is a crime and at this point we don't really care how well they are doing in the hockey league.

Sault Ste. oh man you really have to give your head a shake.

Norm 2/4/2013 3:54:32 PM Report

Cousins is the leading scorer in the OHL with 80 points. Right Wing is right, and the sexual assault will take a back seat to the fact that he is a hero in the hockey circles of our city. Cousins, along with the other two, will likely have their cases thrown out, acquitted, whatever.
CTgasman 2/4/2013 4:30:41 PM Report

I am overwhelmed by the stupidity that gets commented here.
Johnedater 2/4/2013 4:53:41 PM Report

What ever happened to innocent until proven quilty....let's just hang them now and forget about a trial...
right wing 2/4/2013 5:53:45 PM Report

The comment regarding hockey awards made in the article has nothing to do with guilt or innocence it is bad reporting plain and simple and in very poor taste.
Norm 2/4/2013 5:57:14 PM Report

Gasman, nothing stupid, just the way celebrity types are treated. Happens all the time.
Snowdon 2/4/2013 7:24:45 PM Report

These things get remanded all the time, in all types of trials. It's not because they're OHL players, the courts don't give a damn if they in a hockey league.
sinikka 2/4/2013 8:54:51 PM Report

Norm if you think that the courts care that cousins is a hockey player or not, you are badly mistaken. Also i hate to tell you that local hockey players are far from celebrities to judges who are usually from out of town. Also of note it did not say if the crown or the defence asked for this adjournment but remanding trials is a daily occurrence. I do hope that these boys have asked for a trial by judge as opposed to one by jury as it seems that the peanut gallery here have already passed judgement. If these boys are truly guilty of sexual assault then their hockey careers are over and they will get appropriate sentences. Perhaps you online lawyers will allow the justice system to handle these affairs.
muf 2/5/2013 6:47:51 AM Report

Agreed sinikka
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