Arizona Coyotes radio analyst and former NHL defenseman Nick Boynton is facing a slew of charges after an incident involving patrons and security staff of a Buffalo casino early Thursday morning.
The 36-year-old Boynton, who retired in 2011, stands charged with assault, harassment, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and obstruction of government administration following an alleged incident at approximately 1:45 a.m. Thursday morning. Police allege that Boynton was abusive with numerous people at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino – including one biting incident involving an officer attempting to restrain him – and that he damaged casino property. Boynton currently is in police custody at the Erie County Medical Center and is expected to be arraigned in Buffalo city court Friday.
In response to the alleged incident, the Coyotes placed Boynton on a leave of absence and released a statement on his status with the franchise:
"Early this morning, Coyotes radio color analyst Nick Boynton was involved in a situation at a Buffalo casino," the statement said. "A police investigation is underway. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and until the continuing legal process is completed, we will have no further comment."
Boynton played 605 career regular-season NHL games with six teams (including the Coyotes) over the course of 11 seasons. He rejoined the organization as a radio analyst for the current season.