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Vincent Damphousse's wife facing charge of assaulting the former NHL player

MONTREAL - Vincent Damphousse's wife is facing a charge of assaulting the former Montreal Canadiens captain.

The charge against Allana Henderson was laid less than a week after the ex-NHL star was charged with six counts of assaulting her.

A charge sheet filed at the Montreal courthouse on Tuesday states Henderson also faces one count of theft worth less than $5,000 for allegedly stealing a briefcase from Damphousse.

The alleged offences occurred on or about last March 29.

The charges against Damphousse stem from incidents that allegedly took place between 2008 and March 29 of this year.

Damphousse pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Henderson, 40, is under a promise to appear in court on Wednesday, according to the document, but she has the right to send a lawyer on her behalf.

Damphousse, 43, did not appear in court last week, but his lawyer Michel Dorval issued a statement saying his client denied all the allegations.

The statement also linked the assault charges to divorce proceedings.

Damphousse is due back in court on July 12.

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.


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