Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Leaf Andre Deveaux Exonerated by Swedish Officials in On-Ice Attack

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Leaf Andre Deveaux Exonerated by Swedish Officials in On-Ice Attack

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Ex-Leaf Deveaux exonerated by Swedish officials

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TORONTO - Former Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Andre Deveaux has been exonerated by Swedish authorities for his attack on an opposing player earlier this year.

Prosecutors had considered charging Deveaux after he delivered a two-handed slash to the ankle of defenceman Per Helmersson during the pre-game warm-up of a Swedish professional hockey league game.

"I fully co-operated with authorities throughout this entire ordeal, despite the unfair process and inaccurate reporting by the Swedish media," Deveaux said in a statement Friday, referring to reports from Swedish media that incorrectly said a warrant had been put out for his arrest. "I am happy that the prosecutor made the right decision today."

Deveaux, who played for Rogle BK, told Canadian reporters in early May that he had been threatened by players on Helmersson's team, VIK Vasteras HC. He said he was simply protecting himself when he took the action he did. …

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