The Los Angeles Kings have suspended goaltending prospect Patrik Bartosak who is facing 12 domestic-related charges after allegedly physically abusing and threatening his girlfriend.
Patrik Bartosak, a 22 year-old Czech republic native who has played in the AHL for the past two seasons, allegedly punched, slapped and choked his 20-year-old girlfriend. He is also accused of texting threatening messages and stalking her. You can read more about the disturbing allegations at CBSSports.com
This comes only two months after the Kings general manager Dean Lombardi promised to make changes to their internal program and educate players after three arrests were made last season. The team hired a player assistance director to help work with them as part of their new Conduct Awareness Training Initiatives. A spokesperson for the team confirmed that all prospects participated in the initiative during training camp.
Here is the Kings’ statement regarding the suspension. They will not comment any further on the matter:
“This morning our Club suspended Patrik Bartosak for his actions resulting in his arrest in Manchester, NH on November 16. We take this matter very seriously. Our response in this matter reflects our extreme disappointment, particularly given the programs we have instituted internally and the commitment our organization has made to educating our players on the prevention of domestic violence. This is the first step in an ongoing process as we continue to gather information related to this incident and monitor the legal proceedings.”
The NHL has declined to comment on the matter because Bartosak is a minor league player.