Spitfires coach charged with assault

PETER RUICCI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:24 PM ET

Windsor Spitfires head coach Bob Jones, a Sault native and former Soo Greyhounds player and assistant coach, was charged with aggravated assault on Friday.

Windsor Spitfires head coach Bob Jones, a Sault native and former Soo Greyhounds player and assistant coach, was charged with aggravated assault on Friday.

The charge stems from a Feb. 26 fight in the parking lot of Docks Riverfront Grill.

Police confirmed the charge in press release this morning. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 4.

As a result of the fight, a 19-year-old Sault man, Steven Rimmer, suffered a broken jaw.

The altercation took place between 2-2:30 a.m., hours after the Spitfires, the two-time defending Memorial Cup champions, defeated the Greyhounds 4-2 at Essar Centre.

According to sources, Jones, who was with Spitfires associate coach D.J. Smith at the time of the incident, surrendered to police on Friday, hours before his team took to the ice to play the Soo Greyhounds. Windsor won the game 4-2.

Jones began his OHL playing career in 1985 with the Greyhounds.

The 41-year-old played four full seasons and part of a fifth here.

Jones was also an assistant coach for the Greyhounds for three years, beginning in 1995.

This is his first year as Windsor's bench boss.

Shortly after the incident at Docks, the Spitfires, through general manager Warren Rychel, issued a statement saying Jones was the victim in the altercation.

Rychel, in an interview with The Windsor Star, said Jones was attacked by five "unruly, angry young men," who kicked him, stole his Memorial Cup ring and uttered death threats.

Rychel said Jones was waiting for a taxi outside the bar when he was mocked by the men for wearing a suit.

The statement went on to say that one of the individuals told Jones he "had better be careful or he would be dead."

The Windsor statement said the man then allegedly grabbed Jones and a fight ensued, knocking both men to the ground.

It went on to say that several other individuals ran over and kicked Jones repeatedly before another unidentified Spitfires staff member arrived and pulled the first man off Jones. The statement also alleged that during the scuffle, one of the men stole Jones's Memorial Cup ring.

The ring was later found in the parking lot of Docks Riverfront Grill.

"Mr. Jones was the victim of an attack, not the instigator," Rychel went on to say in the statement. "He did his best to avoid confrontation. To his surprise, he now learns that some or all of the unscrupulous attackers have had the audacity to suggest that it was he, not them that committed an assault.

"The Windsor Spitfire organization stands behind our head coach without hesitation or reservation."

As part of its investigation, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service appealed to the public, asking anyone who witnessed the altercation to come forward.


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