Brantford’s Andrew Fritsch is among three members of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL hockey team charged with sexual assault.
Sault Ste. Marie police said in a statement on Saturday that “three males have been charged with an offence as to a female known to them.” The statement lists 19-year-old Fritsch and two teammates as facing sexual assault charges.
No further information about the allegations have been released by police, but the Sault Star reports that all the charges stem from one alleged incident with an adult female on Friday.
Fritsch came up through the Brantford Minor Hockey Association system and was drafted to the OHL by the Niagara Ice Dogs in 2009. He then played for the Owen Sound Attack before being traded to the Soo Greyhounds before the 2011-12 season.
He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Greyhounds released a team statement acknowledging the charges. The statement said they have watched the players “make excellent strides both on and off the ice” this season.
The team, which opens up training camp on Wednesday, said they would “continue to perform our duty in supporting the three members of our team as they go through the legal process.”
Fritsch’s court date is scheduled for Oct. 1.