Calgary Flames forward Brett Sutter, 23, is charged with assault for an alleged incident while the team was on the road on Phoenix, Arizona, last week.
Sutter was assigned to the Flames top affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat (AHL) on Monday.
He and captain Jarome Iginla
also issued statements regarding the alleged incident.STATEMENT FROM BRETT SUTTER (Released 15.11.10)
“I want to apologize to my family, my friends, our fans and the entire Flames family for what took place this past Wednesday night.
"My background is one of hard work and respect so this incident is totally out of character for me. I have been a captain in junior hockey and an assistant captain last year in Abbotsford so I totally understand the values of leadership and character.
"I have set the wrong example not only for children who love the Flames and hockey but also for my brother who has been such a great example for me. I want to thank everyone for their support and wisdom over the past few days. It has been especially difficult because of the type of person I really am and will continue to be.
"Thank you.” STATEMENT FROM TEAM CAPTAIN JAROME IGINLA (Released 15.11.10)
“Last Wednesday’s incident in Phoenix is totally out of character for Brett. He has always demonstrated a tremendous commitment to being a good person and a professional athlete in every aspect of the responsibilities that go with that role.
"First and foremost, we are a team who cares for and respects each and every member. As his teammates we have conveyed our total support for him and I believe it is important that we also let our community and fans know the same.” OFFICIAL CALGARY FLAMES STATEMENT (Released 12.11.10)
“We were informed today that Brett has been charged with assault-touched to injure as the result of an incident this past Wednesday in Scottsdale, AZ.
"This behavior is extremely out of character for this young man and we will fully support him as he moves through the legal process that follows.
"Brett has expressed deep regret and embarrassment for bringing this attention to our organization.
"We are limited in the information we can publicly discuss and are unable to comment any further on the incident at this time. Thank you for your understanding.”