Canadian reporter charged for alleged death threat at WHL player

The girlfriend of WHL player Jackson Playfair (right) is being charged with felony harassment with...

The girlfriend of WHL player Jackson Playfair (right) is being charged with felony harassment with domestic violence in the U.S. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency/Files)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:40 PM ET

A Canadian reporter was charged Thursday in Washington state with threatening to kill her junior hockey-playing boyfriend.

Tieja MacLaughlin is facing one count of felony harassment with domestic violence in Kennewick, Wash., and will appear in court Friday to answer that charge.

MacLaughlin, a 25-year-old freelance sports reporter covering the WHL's Kelowna Rockets for two media outlets in Kelowna, B.C., is accused of threatening her 19-year-old boyfriend, Tri-City Americans forward Jackson Playfair, the son of former NHLer Jim Playfair.

MacLaughlin has been in jail since her arrest Saturday afternoon and her bail was set at $50,000.

According to police and court documents, MacLaughlin was on her way to visit Playfair when she learned he cheated on her.

Local police responded to a call at Kennewick's Toyota Center at 2:30 a.m. Saturday to meet with Playfair. He claimed after MacLaughlin found out that he'd been with someone else, she told her boyfriend "he would be dead by the end of the night."

Cops talked to MacLaughlin at her hotel in Kennewick, warning her she would be arrested if she contacted Playfair again. MacLaughlin told police she would return to Kelowna but allegedly sent Playfair a text asking him to meet her at the hotel and was later arrested.

Playfair was traded to the Americans by the Spokane Chiefs on Jan. 10. In 46 games this season, his second in the WHL, he has four goals and two assists.


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