MONTREAL -- Former NHLer Vincent Damphousse is firing back at estranged wife Alanna Henderson, accusing her of trumping up domestic assault charges as they head toward a divorce.
Damphousse, 43, was charged Thursday with six counts of assault for incidents that allegedly happened between 2008 and this past March.
The Montrealer was arrested March 31 and pleaded not guilty before being freed on a promise to appear.
Damphousse's lawyer, Michel Dorval, said in a statement the former Canadiens captain is the victim, not the perpetrator.
"Mr. Damphousse has also filed a complaint against his wife for assault," Dorval said. "Mr. Damphousse categorically denies the allegations brought against him. (The charges) were filed as part of a divorce proceeding."
The Crown says it's reviewing the complaint against Henderson and will decide next week whether she will be charged.
Damphousse, 43, broke into the NHL in 1986 with the Toronto Maple Leafs, moving on to his hometown Canadiens in 1992 following a brief stop in Edmonton. Damphousse emerged as a top centre in Montreal, recording 97 points in the 1992-93 season and leading the Habs to the Stanley Cup.
Henderson and Damphousse are known for their charitable work to raise funds for research into ALS, a degenerative ailment also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.