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Philadelphia Flyers Release Statement Regarding Nick Cousins Sexual Assault Charge

On Sunday morning, it was reported that Philadelphia Flyers prospect Nick Cousins (along with two other Ontario Hockey League teammates) had been charged with sexually assaulting a female “known to them,” as described in a Sault Ste. Marie Police Department press release.

According to the release, Cousins will appear in court on Oct. 1.

Late on Sunday afternoon, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren officially released a statement regarding the event.

"We are aware of the unfortunate situation involving Nick Cousins,” Holmgren said via press release. “Due to lack of information available to us, we will not comment at this time."

Cousins was chosen by the Flyers with the No. 68 overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The pick was acquired in the trade that sent Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 19-year-old Belleville, Ontario native has spent the last three years as a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL, registering 75 goals and 113 assists for a total of 188 points in 203 games played.

Largely considered the team’s top prospect, Cousins signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers on March 26. 



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