Vincent Damphousse charged with six counts of assaulting his spouse

MONTREAL – Former NHL star Vincent Damphousse has been charged with six counts of assaulting his spouse.

The alleged incidents occurred between 2008 and just a few weeks ago.

A document obtained at the Montreal courthouse Thursday outlined the charges. Damphousse did not appear in court, but his lawyer Michel Dorval issued a statement saying Damphousse denies all the allegations and has filed charges against his wife for “assaults.”

“These proceedings were instigated in the context of a divorce proceeding,” the brief statement said, adding that Damphousse would not comment publicly because the case was before the courts.

Damphousse played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Edmonton Oilers, the Montreal Canadiens and the San Jose Sharks in a an 18-year NHL career. He retired after the 2003-04 season.

In 1,378 NHL games, he scored 432 goals and amassed 1,205 points.

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The 43-year-old was inducted into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Hall of Fame last week, along with former players Martin Lapointe and Robert Desjardins and builder Harold MacKay.

Damphousse was drafted fifth overall by Toronto in 1986.

He won a Stanley Cup in 1993 with the Habs and served as the team’s captain from 1996 to 1999. He finished his playing career in San Jose.

Damphousse and his wife, Allana, are the official spokespeople for the ALS Society of Quebec, a charity that raises money for people living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and their families.

The organization’s website says Damphousse’s father-in-law died from ALS, the terminal, degenerative illness more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.