Former Oilers captain charged with assault

Former Edmonton Oilers captain Jason Smith has been arrested in Calgary. (Jordan Verlage/QMI AGENCY)

Former Edmonton Oilers captain Jason Smith has been arrested in Calgary. (Jordan Verlage/QMI AGENCY)

Nadia Moharib and Kevin Martin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

CALGARY -- Criminal charges have been laid against a former longtime Edmonton Oilers captain after alleged domestic assaults.

Jason Smith is charged with assaulting his wife and daughter, who QMI Agency is not naming, on Aug. 10 in Calgary.

The 36-year-old also faces a charge he confined his wife at the same time.

He was released shortly after his arrest by Calgary police under conditions he have no contact with the alleged victims, another daughter, as well as in-laws living in Strathmore, Alta.

His lawyer, Alain Hepner, said his client has no criminal record and that the charges are "devastating," to Smith and his family.

Although he wouldn't elaborate on details of the allegations, he said there were no serious or permanent injuries and he is consulting with counselling experts on behalf of his client.

"There is another side to the story -- I can't divulge anything yet," Hepner said Wednesday.

"The charges conjure up images so overdone and exaggerated ... what's conjured up by the allegations is not an accurate reflection of what will surface in the court case."

Currently in Calgary, Smith is prohibited from being within five blocks of the family home in Greely, Ont., a high-end suburb of Ottawa, and a home east of Calgary.

"He is abiding by a court order and right now can't live with his family," Hepner said.

At his initial court appearance, Hepner was able to get the no-contact condition altered to allow Smith to send a birthday card to his daughter, who is one of his alleged victims.

Bail conditions prohibit Smith from consuming alcohol or non-prescribed drugs, and he is to have no weapons in his possession.

His case returns to court Sept. 17.

Hepner said he intends to contest the charges, and said his client is upset the case is hitting public court.

"I think the issue is to reconcile and address family issues -- when anyone's nuclear family unit involves even a hint of damage anyone would feel bad," he said.

"The public likes ghoulish family stories but this isn't one of them."

Last year, Smith, who went by the moniker "Gator," retired from the Ottawa Senators, capping a successful NHL career that included stints as captain on two different teams.


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