Former Bruins forward Dan LaCouture pleaded not guilty Tuesday after being arrested over the weekend and charged with assaulting a woman outside her Cape Cod home.
LaCouture, 39, allegedly hid under the woman’s vehicle Saturday while his friend had a discussion with her in her driveway, then emerged and struck the woman in the collarbone. The victim later discovered that the windows on her GMC Yukon were smashed, and a large rock was on the driver’s seat.
Police were called to the Centerville home just after 6 p.m., and they met with LaCouture and the woman. LaCouture was arrested and charged with one count of assault and battery and two counts of vandalizing property.
LaCouture is due back in Barnstable court July 15 for a pretrial hearing.
LaCouture played in the NHL from 1998 until 2009, including a 55-game stint with the Bruins during the 2005-06 season. He is one of six former players who filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the NHL of exploiting players by encouraging violence and failing to warn the players about the risks of head injuries. According to federal court documents, LaCouture participated in 52 fights and had about 20 concussions, and he now has symptoms consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
A former Natick High School star who played one season at Boston University, LaCouture was a first-round draft pick of the Islanders in 1996. He recorded 20 goals, 25 assists and 348 penalty minutes in 337 career games with the Oilers, Penguins, Rangers, Bruins, Devils and Hurricanes.