Goalie Arrested For Domestic Battery

Posted: July 15, 1994

Florida Panthers goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick was arrested after his pregnant wife told authorities he kicked, grabbed and shoved her during an argument, authorities said.

He was charged with aggravated domestic battery, the Monroe County (Fla.) Sheriff's Department said yesterday.

Two motorists told police Susan Fitzpatrick was hysterical when they spotted her walking along a road Wednesday evening. She told them Fitzpatrick had just thrown her out of the house they were renting in the Florida Keys.

Fitzpatrick spent the night in jail and was released after posting $15,000 bond. Susan Fitzpatrick, 25, who is eight months' pregnant, didn't request medical treatment. The couple has been married about a year.

According to the arrest report, Fitzpatrick, 25, pushed his wife's head and kicked her in the back, and after she begged him to stop, he shoved her, grabbed her by the face and pushed her on the bed.

In other hockey news:

* Ron Hoggarth, dropped by the NHL along with referee Denis Morel and linsemen Mark Pare, Jerry Pateman and Ryan Bozak, said he "won't bad-mouth" his former employer.

* Detroit Red Wings forward Bob Probert was arrested and ticketed for not having a driver's license in his possession, police in Taylor, Mich., said.

* Defensemen Charlie Huddy, Doug Houda and Tim Watters, each of whom was offered a termination contract, will return to the Los Angeles Kings next season. The club also signed five free agents: center Yanic Perreault; left wings Barry Potomski, Dan Bylsma and Stephane Soulliere, and defenseman Rob Cowie.

* The New York Islanders named Ron Kennedy assistant to head coach Lorne Henning.

* Free-gent center Bernie Nicholls signed a two-year contract worth $2.1 million with the Chicago Blackhawks.

PRO BASKETBALL

* Scottie Pippen, the subject of numerous trade rumors, said he would like to remain with the Chicago Bulls.

* Henry Cruz, attorney for Jason Kidd, the California guard selected second in the NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks, said he is hoping to negotiate an out-of-court settlement of charges stemming from a hit-and-run accident.

COLLEGES

* Florida State University graduate Doug Andreaus pleaded no contest to charges he failed to register as an athletic agent. He agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and $255 in court costs and was placed on 18 months' probation

* Former Clemson football coach Frank Howard, a diabetic, was admitted to Anderson (S.C.) Memorial Hospital for tests.

PHILLY FILE

* Robert P. Levy was named chairman of the Philadelphia Sports Congress, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, which seeks to attract sporting events and sports-related conventions to the region.

SPORT STOPS

* The 1950 National League Rookie of the Year, former Boston Red Sox star Sam Jethroe, 72, of Erie filed a notice of intent in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court to sue Major League Baseball for a pension. Jethroe's lawyer, David H. Patterson, claims he would have acquired the four more years necessary if he wasn't denied a major league contract in 1945 because he is black.

* France's Anaclet Wamba barely defended his World Boxing Council cruiserweight title with a majority draw over Adolpho Washington.

* Sally Little and Nancy Ramsbottom shot 4-under-par 67s to share the first-round lead in the $650,000 JAL Big Apple Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y.

* Trainer Robert Klesaris will begin serving a 45-day suspension today at Belmont Race Track, the result of a positive drug test on a horse he saddled to victory last month.

* Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras will face Jacco Eltingh and Jim Courier will meet Richard Krajicek in today's opening matches of the United States' Davis Cup quarterfinal with the Netherlands in Rotterdam.

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