Dennis Veteri has been sentenced to 11 and a half to 23 months of house arrest for beating former Marine and off-duty officer Neal Auricchio Jr. following the 2012 Winter Classic, according to a Philadelphia Daily News report.
Veteri will also serve five years of probation following his house arrest.
“He’s a good man who had a bad day,” said defense attorney Michael DeFino. “He’s going to have to pay for this for the next seven years because his liberty is totally restricted.”
Veteri will still be allowed to go to work and attend drug and alcohol treatment classes. Otherwise, he’ll be confined to his house. He’ll also be moving to Philadelphia as a result of the sentence.
Auricchio reportedly suffered a concussion and additional injuries. He missed two months of work as a result.
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Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.
The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.
The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.
But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.
“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”
Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.