James Patrick, who spent 13 seasons in the Sabres’ organization as a player and coach, was arrested in Dallas and charged with assaulting his girlfriend, the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday.
Police responded to Patrick’s home April 30 after a dispute about the contents of his cellphone. His girlfriend told police Patrick arrived home smelling like alcohol and was covered in vomit, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the newspaper. The warrant says the woman helped undress Patrick but then confronted him after she saw several “inappropriate text messages” from another woman.
They wrestled over control of the phone and Patrick grabbed the woman’s throat and pushed her face into a bathroom faucet, the newspaper quoted police as saying. She suffered a cut on her lower lip.
Patrick is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Stars, who were eliminated from the playoffs three days before the alleged incident. Lindy Ruff, Patrick’s boss in Buffalo, brought him to the Dallas bench after being hired last June. Patrick played for the Sabres from 1998 to 2004 and was an assistant from 2006 to 2013.
“We’re aware of the incident and have spoken to James regarding the matter,” Stars General Manager Jim Nill said in a statement. “We’re confident that the authorities will find an appropriate resolution to the situation. We will have no further comment at this time.”