Wife of former NHL star Damphousse pleads not guilty to assaulting him

MONTREAL – The wife of former NHL star Vincent Damphousse pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of assaulting him with a weapon.

Damphousse, 43, and Allana Henderson have filed assault charges against each other since last Thursday.

Henderson, 40, also entered a not-guilty plea through her lawyer to a charge of theft involving a briefcase belonging to Damphousse.

Both charges stem from incidents that allegedly took place on March 29.

Henderson did not speak to reporters after her arraignment.

Damphousse, a former Montreal Canadiens captain, was charged last week with six counts of simple assault against Henderson arising from alleged incidents between 2008 and last month.

He has also pleaded not guilty and his lawyer has stated the charges are linked to divorce proceedings.

Henderson’s case has been put off until July 12, the same day Damphousse is also due back in court.

Both Damphousse and Henderson have kept mum about the charges. The former player’s lawyer, Michel Dorval, has said his client won’t make any public comment about the case.

Henderson did not have to appear in person on Wednesday but elected to do so to sign new conditions linked to the case, said Crown prosecutor Caroline Paquin.

“Effectively, it’s a cross complaint so they’re each accused and victim in the cases,” Paquin said.

“But the charges are different. The charges against Mr. Damphousse date back to 2008 while the charges against Ms. Henderson are only from 2011.

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“We’ll see where we go from there in the distinct cases.”

Dorval issued a statement last week saying his client denied all the allegations.

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.

He was recently inducted into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Hall of Fame along with former players Martin Lapointe and Robert Desjardins and builder Harold MacKay.

Damphousse was drafted sixth 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.

In 2007, Damphousse resigned from his position in the National Hockey League Players Association to devote more time to his business venture, Le Scandinave Spa, of which he’s co-founder and co-owner.

The former couple has become known in recent years for their charity work in Montreal.

Damphousse and his estranged wife 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.