Jury finds Calgary Flames prospect acted in self-defence in bar fight

CALGARY – A prospect for the NHL Calgary Flames has been acquitted of aggravated assault charges in a fight northwest of Calgary in 2012.

A jury found Michael Ferland acted in self-defence when he threw a punch, knocking out another patron, outside Stageline Saloon in Cochrane.

Both the 22-year old left-winger and his girlfriend testified at his trial in Calgary.

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Court heard Ferland was ambushed as he was leaving the bar.

Ferland’s lawyer says his client is“relieved”to be free of the charges.

Ferland played in the minors last season.