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VandenBussche charged in brawl

RYAN CUREATZ -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

A former Pittsburgh Penguins hockey enforcer is facing multiple charges after a late-night brawl yesterday in Turkey Point.

Right-winger Ryan VandenBussche, now an NHL free agent, was to be held in custody in Brantford pending a court appearance Thursday.

Up to 40 people-- some fighting, some egging others on -- were caught up in yesterday's mix that "was a little chaotic," said OPP Const. Mark Foster.

OPP said three police officers were assaulted when a man hit one near an eye, punched another in the ear and tried to hit a third outside the bar about 2 a.m. yesterday.

Police zapped the man three times with a taser stun gun and pepper-sprayed him as they tried to arrest him, said Foster.

"He was still struggling when officers attempted to handcuff him," he said.

One officer was examined for injuries at hospital.

The officer was later released, Foster said.

"When people are under the influence of alcohol, they don't always make the best decisions," he said.

About eight officers were on scene at the time, Foster said.

VandenBussche, who lives in Norfolk County, is charged with three counts of assaulting a peace officer.

The 33-year-old is also charged with obstructing and/or resisting a peace officer and uttering a threat to cause death or bodily harm.


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