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Charges dropped against Flyers’ prospect Cousins

Apr 4, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

Nick Cousins

Sexual-assault charges have been withdrawn against Flyers prospect Nick Cousins and two other junior players.

From the Sault Star newspaper:

Nick Cousins, 19, of Belleville, Ont., Andrew Fritsch, 19, of Brantford, and Mark Petaccio, 18, of Sicklerville, N.J., who now plays for the Ottawa 67s, were charged with sexual assault last August.

The Crown withdrew the charges in a Sault Ste. Marie courtroom Thursday citing “no reasonable prospect of conviction.”

The charges were withdrawn on the condition that the three men enter into a 12-month peace bond, requiring them to keep the peace, have no communication with the complainant and not to come within 500 metres of her home, work or school.

Cousins, a center with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, is one of the Flyers’ top prospects. The 68th overall pick in the 2011 draft had 103 points in 64 games this season.

Fritsch is a sixth-round pick (2011) of the Coyotes.

Petaccio is undrafted.

  1. 5hole26 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    great city employing great people as usual

    • psudu - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Philly isn’t employing him yet, how is Ben Roethlisberger doing these days?

      • killerpgh - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        The Flyers signed him to and Entry level contract about a year ago. This guy got charged with a crime. Big Ben was never charged. I could go to the cops and say “psudu sexually assaulted me” and if nothing is proven that would be about the same as Big Ben being investigated. Same thing with Drew Doughty last year when some lady said she was raped by him but nothing every came in the form of charges. Cousins was charged with a crime (but never found guilty). On a side note the Flyers did trade away there “sexual offended involving a minor” last week in Harry Zolnierczyk

      • bowens3181 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        Believing that Rapistberger never raped anyone is as stupid and naive as believing that O.J was innocent. He raped, he got away with it, everyone moved on (except obviously for the victims), but claiming it didn’t happen because “he was never charged” is so naive it’s funny.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        What you’re saying is accurate killerpgh, but that doesn’t change the fact that Big Ben has been accused of these crimes on more than one occasion. Neither were convicted of anything, and I in no way endorse whatever Cousins did, but of course it was trolling Pens fans instigating this discussion.

      • maalea - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:38 PM


        The victims did move on albeit with a big money payoff.

      • pens5829 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Big Ben’s doing well now. Thanks for asking. How’s your ex-convict? I mean QB?

    • ibieiniid - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      horrible commenter disregarding information and making baseless comments as usual.

      case dismissed.

  2. gamechanger87 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Thats some prospect… I bet he’s a ginger too…and probably into men

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    “Let’s be honest, stuff like that has been happening forever. You can’t get away with anything now.” -Ian Laperriere

    Turns out you can!

    • ibieiniid - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      hey SJ, miss Clowe yet?

      now that he’s got some real teammates, maybe he can start doin’ work.

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Isn’t it funny that the first 3 comments on this page are from fans of a city where Ben Roethlisberger, an apparent master of sexual assault, is worshipped as a hero.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      i wanted to stoop to their level too… but there’s 0 convictions between those 2 men.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Yes I’d agree it’s stooping to their level, but when there are multiple accusations tossed your way for the same crime then there’s probably some truth to them. After all, where there’s smoke there’s usually fire. I am in no way defending whatever Cousins and the other guys did but to somehow incriminate the Flyers organization for something a teenager did is silly.

      • tatdue - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        I’m not attacking Flyer fans here at all but think about what happened….Do you think for a minute that the Flyers organization didn’t have anything to do with this case suddenly evaporating? If you really think that they didn’t then you are just fooling yourself. I personally think that it’s disgusting that these guys are going to walk on this because of the game that I love. It’s just more proof that what’s right or wrong just doesn’t matter when there’s money involved! It’s sad really….

      • ibieiniid - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        i would think more likely, it’s probably a lack of evidence… not so much a Flyers conspiracy

      • tatdue - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        You really can’t read very well can you ibieiniid? Did I call this a Flyers conspiracy? The main statement I made was “It’s just more proof that what’s right or wrong just doesn’t matter when there’s money involved!” If you have been following this case you would know that things weren’t looking good for these guys and now suddenly they (the prosecution) have no case? The real funny thing is that even though there is suddenly no case, the judge decided to give these guys conditions….Does that make sense to you? My statement has nothing to do with which team has the rights to this guy but more so to do with the fact that these a$$holes got away with rape because of money period! But feel free to ask for his autograph when he makes your team…..

      • ibieiniid - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        no need to get personal, i believe you just interpreted my use of ‘conspiracy’ the wrong way. i didn’t mean like aliens or big foot or some big ploy. i meant more like a court settlement. maybe i used the term too loosely.

  5. sjsharks66 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Why is your ass so sore from my comment?! Its was said by someone from the flyers organization. I was saying that he was wrong and the player did get away with the charge.

    I was not saying “oh Philly is full of rapist’s and is a disgusting city. Blah blah blah”

    I just found it funny that he got in so much hot water from that comment he made, then it turns out the player was not convicted.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      well it was more directed at the first two comments, I just threw you in there cause you’re a Pens fan.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      apologies, lets just make that comment retroactive to any other anti-philly/flyers comment you’ve ever made.

  6. gamechanger87 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    “Big Stick” Ben is doin fine, married a hot broad who can’t get enough of his manliness. Hows the lowly eagles doin? Sandy Andy Reids son liked the drugs huh? Thats ashame!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Now that’s a disgusting comment. You’re a real dbag.

  7. sjsharks66 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    And as for the Clowe comment. No one on the rangers play the same caliber of hockey like Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. So he did have very talented team mates.

    Your attempt at having a smart ass “come back” backfires.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      ugh, i knew i shouldn’t have said that. you’re about to make me stick up for the Rangers…

    • timsabourin - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      now that you mention it, I DID see something about the calibre of Marleau’s play on the ‘Missing’ posters all over SJ.

  8. sjsharks66 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Oh not you Philly, i respect your comments. You actually use your brain on here. I was talking about the other guy.

  9. 5hole26 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    big stick ben is a 2 time champion, when you recieve that statue then wat you demand you shall recieve. if a pig says no then you have to take matters into your own hands

    • ibieiniid - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      ‘take matters into your own hands.’ kinda like what you’re continually doing with that disgustingly deformed slobstick of yours?

      (speaking of stooping)

    • tatdue - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      @5hole26 – This site really needs a moderator because your disgusting comment is ban worthy on any other site!…You are truly a waste of a human being (that goes for any douche that gives you a thumbs up as well)….

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        Every comment he’s ever made on here has been either offensive or just plain asinine. He’s a scumbag.

  10. gamechanger87 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Everyone knos that filly is filled with dirty grande pigs, but Big Stick himself wuldnt even think about slaying it up there. I swear i’ve seen his wife in a VS magazine…when I gaze upon her, her beauty knocks me silly

  11. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    I hate stories like this because it puts you in a really tough position on who actually deserves defending. I know in the Big Ben situation, the reason the charges were dropped is because she was underage drinking and so ridiculously sloppy drunk that she couldn’t come up with a straight story and the only thing that was ever clearly confirmed was just that: that she was really drunk. I haven’t really read deep into the Cousins story, but I assume it was probably something similar. So on one hand, I am not going to sit there and defend these d-bag athletes that think women have to bow down to them and suck their d**** because they’re good at a sport, but on the other hand is it really any better to defend the girl that gets so drunk and skanky to the point where she’s throwing herself at a guy simply because he’s semi-famous? As a female, I think both sides are wrong. A girl should be able to know her limits and a famous athlete (or anybody for that matter) shouldn’t take advantage of a girl even when she doesn’t. It’s not a case of “right and wrong”. It’s a case of “wrong and more wrong”. At the end of the day I think you just have to hope that both parties learn from the situation and come out with improved moral character.

    • dmfc1112 - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      I couldn’t agree more with your post. Moral character is severely lacking these days.

  12. President Charles Logan - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    innocent till proven guilty

  13. mclovinhockey - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    If what the lady said is true, and these 3 guys took advantage of her then I hope the 3 get what they deserve.

    If the girl lied, and was thinking “hey there is 3 (very talented hockey players) of them and 1 of me” lets have fun then get some attention, well. I hope she gets what she deserves.

    No matter what someone in this story is a piece of trash and should not be legally able to reproduce.

    We will prob never know.

    Oh and to the few pens fans making stupid jokes about this like “he’s prob a ginger as well… And likes boys” really you need to grow the hell up and realize there is a time and a place for jokes, I know you are ignorant but that’s no excuse.

  14. gamechanger87 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Everyone knos filly is ginger central. Not growing up is where its at

  15. cameltoews - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    You guys are all f*cked up. Making fun of Andy Reid’s dead son and woman being raped? I thought this was a hockey blog.

    • govtminion - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Only for those of us who have the ability to use our brains instead of being mouth-breathing psychopaths. Sadly, this place seems to cater to the latter.

  16. mclovinhockey - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Tat, if the flyers had ANYTHING to do with this it would have never seen the light of day.

  17. gamechanger87 - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    WE are the moderators here, not our fault that all the trouble making ginger drug addicts reside and try to play sports in Killadelfia. Everyone else needs to calm down. If u lived in the prestigious city of Pgh it would all make sense to yinzes

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Shut the hell up already. We get it, you’re a tool that likes to get a rise out of people anonymously from behind a computer screen. You’re simply proving that those from Pittsburgh are trashy, assholes. I don’t know how anyone can look at this page and not draw the conclusion that the Pens fans on this page are the lowest forms of life. You’re childish, offensive, and most of all, just plain moronic. Take a break from trolling dbag, you need it.

      • cheesesteak75 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM

        You mad bro?

  18. 5hole26 - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    your a scumbag brah.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Wow! What a clever retort. All you seem to do on this site is make an ass of yourself with infantile insults about Philadelphia that would embarrass a 1st grader. Read a book or take a class or something because you’re a complete joke.

  19. 5hole26 - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    damn brah, why so mad? i guess the flyers lost season is really getting to you. take a minute to pull your fat blistered tookis away from your computer for a second and take a deep breath. youll give em hell next year! ha

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      I’m mad cause there’s Pittsburgh trolls trying to be funny on a page about rape. You and gamechanger87 have no idea where to draw the line. You guys talk about “Philthy” like you’re somehow better than an entire city, but I’d say both of your comments have proven who the filthy ones are. Most Pens fans are respectable on here but like I said before you’re a scumbag. Keep celebrating your Cup victory in April, it’s worked really well for you the past 3 seasons. And by the way, 4 straight wins for the Flyers, 2 points out of a playoff spot. Can’t wait to see the Pens in round one so we can embarrass you again. Not looking so good without Crosby eh?

  20. mclovinhockey - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    5hole, this isn’t just some story about hockey, show a little class.

    Gamechanger I am assuming you are only immature because you are a kid. Once you get older you will know someone who has been raped and when that happens you will realize why your ignorance is making you (and other like you) look like a scumbag.

  21. gamechanger87 - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Just getting back from my break, made me realize where Big Stick and Can shuld deposit their used scumbag, where else but filthydelfia. Just flush em boys, the sewers drain towards that side of the state.

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