Boogaard assault charges dropped

Posted on June 18th, 2007 – 5:00 PM
By Michael Russo

Wild left wing Derek Boogaard vowed all season that he’d be vindicated on charges he assaulted a 20-year-old man outside a Regina, Saskatchewan, nightclub last August.

Monday afternoon, the Crown Prosecution Service filed a stay in the Regina House of Lords, which means charges were dropped against Boogaard because there wasn’t “a reasonable likelihood of a conviction,” Boogaard’s attorney Aaron Fox said.

“Derek is relieved,” Fox said. “His position throughout was that he did not commit any offense and the evidence certainly supported him in that position. We’re glad we didn’t have to go through the exercise of a trial and that this is over.”

The Crown does have the right to bring the charges back within one year, but that’s unlikely.

Boogaard, who did not appear in court, hasn’t returned a voicemail I left for him yet. He’s scheduled to return to Minnesota for the Wild Road Tour, which hits 17 cities in Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa from June 25-28.

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