Report: Swedish officials exonerate former NHL tough guy Deveaux for pre-game slash


Andre Deveaux, who earlier this year slashed an unsuspecting opponent during warm-ups prior to a Swedish league game, has been exonerated by Swedish officials for his role in the attack, according to The Canadian Press.

Deveaux played 31 games in the NHL, including 22 for the Toronto Maple Leafs combined between the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. He recorded two assists and 104 penalty minutes in his brief NHL career.

A member of the Swedish club Rogle BK, there was a report at the end of March that Deveaux had his contract terminated following the incident — a vicious two-handed slash to Per Helmersson of Vasteras IK.

“I fully co-operated with authorities throughout this entire ordeal, despite the unfair process and inaccurate reporting by the Swedish media,” said Deveaux, as per The Canadian Press.

“I was always confident that this investigation would go nowhere.

“It was unwarranted, particularly given the facts. I now look forward to Rogle BK living up to their obligations.”

In April, the Swedish league suspended Deveaux until February of 2016.