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Edmonton’s Eager charged with assault, court date set

Oct 22, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

Ben Eager

Police have laid charges on Edmonton Oilers forward Ben Eager for his involvement in a disturbance at a Toronto bar.

According to TSN, Eager and has been charged with threatening bodily harm, causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

He’s set to appear in court on Nov 26.

The alleged incident occurred on Saturday (around 1 a.m.) at The Quail & Firkin Pub and was reportedly between Eager and the establishment’s doorman, who was later taken to hospital via ambulance.

“We are used to dealing with young professionals,” the pub’s general manager, Jennine Lombardo said. “Last night [Saturday] stopped staff dead in their tracks and is not typical of what happens at our establishment.

“Once the fight started, service ended immediately. Our staff was in shock. And we are concerned for our door man who was brutally attacked and hurt.”

According to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, the “weapon” in question was reportedly a chair, and was believed to have been caught on surveillance video.

  1. millertime30 - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Starting to look more and more like the NFL lockout of last summer around here..

    • grillmarks - Oct 22, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Or like every off day during the NFL season.

  2. id4joey - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    This is part of Eager’s training camp. Get this guy on the blades ASAP before he kills himself. Seriously! Help him before we lose another one to alcohol, pain killers or depression.

    • zach28 - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      i dont know if its fair to assume that right away.

      • id4joey - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        may not be fair friend. However, remember the following; the best way to predict future behavior is by looking at past behavior. Then look at history. Doesn’t look good for Ben right now, but, to his defense the facts are not all out.

  3. joelwrobinson - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    i still can’t believe he got a 3.3 million dollar contract.

  4. manchestermiracle - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Some random thoughts:

    Why is a pro athlete in a bar with that name? The Quail & Firkin Pub? Quails get shot at and just what the heck is a firkin?

    Hitting the doorman with a chair? Really? Where do you think you are, a Hollywood back-lot set?

    A perfect example of the old-school goon the NHL needs to weed out if it is ever to be known as a top-tier sport. Of course having seasons regularly would help, too.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      You could have looked firkin up if only you had Internet access or a dictionary. Mine says: a small cask used chiefly for liquids, butter, or fish. also, a unit of liquid volume equal to half a kilderkin.
      Don’t ask me about a kilderkin. I’m not going to do all your work.

  5. rekingcrew - Oct 22, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Everyone is innocent until proven guilty…….oh, it was Eager…..nevermind..

  6. 89seminole - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Firkin, you know, like out of a firkin job! There are always a few idiots on level with some NFL idiots. Let’s see him get out of this one.

  7. capsfan19 - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    “i sir am a calgary fan” “you what??? Someone give me a damn chair!!”

  8. bbellzy - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    like the sand in an hour glass, these are the days of locked out hockey players lives….man I wish we could talk about some hockey

  9. xjokerz - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Why do I care what someone’s doing with their time off and personal matters ? … Fail NBC

    • Eberwizzle - Oct 23, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      But you stopped and posted on the article correct? It appears that YOU care what “someone is doing with their time off and personal matters.”

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