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Flames prospect acquitted on assault charges

Jun 18, 2014, 9:01 AM EDT

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Nearly two years after Calgary Flames prospect Michael Ferland was charged with assault and aggravated assault for an incident that occurred at a bar, he has been found not guilty, per the Calgary Sun.

Ferland argued that he acted in self-defense after he was sucker punched by Jayson Eyma and that started the fight.

“We’re obviously relieved,” Ferland’s defense counsel, Michael Bates, said.

“We had said way back when the charges were laid that we needed to trust in the court system that the truth would come out and so we’re completely relieved, obviously, that that is the result we got today.”

Eyma recently filed a $250,000 lawsuit against Ferland and the Cochrane hotel the incident occurred at.

  1. 950003cups - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    I hate sucker punchers. Sean Avery was like that.

  2. ibieiniid - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Ah the E.Kane defense. Probably more advisably used in this instance than the Chewbacca defense. Well played lawyers.

    I bet he got punched for that thing he probably refers to as his “mohawk.”

  3. harrbenj - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Did they ever catch the guy who did that to him? The guy who gave him his haircut, I mean…

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