Los Angeles Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak, who is currently playing in the ECHL with the Manchester Monarchs, is facing 12 charges that include domestic violence and threats.
According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Bartosak, a 22-year-old goaltender from Czech Republic, is facing one felony second-degree assault charge stemming from an alleged attempt to strangle his girlfriend Monday afternoon.
Per the Union Leader: “Seven domestic simple assault charges allege (Bartosak) grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her against a wall, put his hand around her neck and choked her, grabbed her right chest and pulled her up off a bed, punched her in the chest twice, slapped her in the face and slapped her three times on both legs.”
The report from the Union Leader goes on to state Bartosak allegedly threatened his girlfriend, saying he would “kill (her)” and “punch (her) in the face.” Bartosak also allegedly told his girlfriend, “I hope you know I’m going to knock you out and put you to sleep before I leave.”
Bartosak was released on “$10,000 cash/surety bond, with conditions that include no contact with the alleged victim and not going to the Country Club Drive address.” A hearing for Bartosak has been set for Dec. 16 with regard to the felony charge, and Bartosak has a trial set for Jan. 28, 2016 for the “assault, threatening and stalking misdemeanors.”
“This is a very serious matter and these allegations represent a type of behavior we do not stand for,” the Kings said in a statement, via Los Angeles Kings InsiderJon Rosen. “We will continue to gather information and comment further when appropriate.”
Bartosak was drafted by the Kings in the fifth round, 146th overall, of the 2013 draft. He suited up for 32 games with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs in the two seasons prior to 2015-16, but he has yet to play for the Kings’ AHL affiliate in Ontario, Calif., this season.
The charges to Bartosak come the season following a domestic violence incident involving Kings defenseman Slava Voynov in October 2014. Voynov later entered a no-contest plea and has subsequently left North America. Voynov has chosen to continue his career in the KHL.
In June, Kings GM Dean Lombardi announced the team would bring in guest speakers to talk to the team about domestic violence.
“This is what I said with the Voynov thing,” Lombardi said in a June conference call, via Orange County Register’s Rich Hammond. “I walked down to (vice president hockey operations) Jeff Solomon’s office and said, ‘This is my fault.’ We neglected to educate our players. We spend time teaching them systems, nutrition and everything else, but we missed a big step here, in terms of ensuring that they understand right and wrong.”