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Edmonton Oilers Television Analyst Facing Assault Charges Over Taxicab Incident

Louie DeBrusk, a former NHL player and current color commentator on Rogers Sportsnet’s broadcasts of Edmonton Oilers games, has been charged with assault and mischief relating to an incident which transpired outside the Westin Bayshore hotel in Vancouver on January 9th when DeBrusk was in town to broadcast the Oilers’ game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Via The Vancouver Sun:

According to Vancouver Police spokesman Const. Lindsey Houghton officers were called to the 1600-block Bayshore Drive at 1:30 a.m. Sunday after witnesses reported seeing a male assaulting four other men — two taxi drivers and two bystanders — and causing damage to two taxi cabs.

Reports also indicate alcohol may have been a factor in the brouhaha. Shocking. DeBrusk was known as a tough player during his 11-year career, accumulating 1161 penalty minutes.

But here’s my question: what’s the deal with hockey players – both current and former – and incidents involving taxicabs? First it was Patrick Kane and the $1.20 Cab Fare Caper in Buffalo, now this?

Former NHLer Louis DeBrusk facing assault charges after Vancouver taxicab incident [The Vancouver Sun]