April 20, 2012
Iginla's sis to serve probation
By Tony Blais, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - The sister of Calgary Flames superstar Jarome Iginla also plays hockey and — like her big brother on occasion — she can apparently throw a pretty good punch as well.
Theresa Iginla, 25, was handed a conditional discharge with 12 months probation on Friday in Edmonton’s Provincial Court after earlier pleading guilty to assault.
It is the second time in the past two years the young woman, who is currently taking university courses online while working as a legal assistant, has been sentenced to a conditional discharge for an alcohol-related punch-up.
On June 21, 2010, Iginla was given a discharge with six months probation after pleading guilty in a Calgary courtroom to a charge of common assault over a 2009 altercation at a club owned by the Calgary Flames where she pushed a woman off a stool and punched her in the face.
In the most recent incident, court has heard a drunken Iginla had been in Edmonton’s Greek To Go donair shop at 10332 82 Ave. about 2:30 a.m. on June 18, 2011.
She got into a verbal altercation with customers Darcy Suurhoff and Dominique Proulx after being asked to extinguish her lit cigarette and then, as they were leaving with their food, she walked over to them.
Court heard Iginla punched Suurhoff in the face, causing swelling and a small scratch under his right eye. She then turned to Proulx and punched her in the face, knocking her down and causing redness and swelling to her cheek.
Staff and other customers intervened and separated Iginla from the downed Proulx and sought help from police officers who were patrolling nearby.
Defence lawyer Gordon Collins told court Iginla had been “out with friends doing shooters” that night, which he described as a “recipe for disaster.”
Collins also said Iginla has some “anger issues” which are due to her being part of an overachieving family” and trying to figure out her place in the world.
He said she has since seen a psychiatrist and believes she is now on the “right path.”
Collins also told court that Iginla is a “very athletic young lady” and had been assistant captain on the University of Saskatchewan Huskies female hockey team.
As well, he said she is planning to go to law school.
Seated in the front row was Elvis Iginla, a city lawyer who is the father of both Theresa and Jarome.
Prior to being sentenced, Iginla apologized for what she did and said it would never happen again Judge Larry Anderson noted there was no evidence of a prior criminal record and said it seemed like the altercation was the “exception, not the norm.”
While on probation, Iginla must take counselling for anger management and alcohol and drug abuse and perform 30 hours of community service.
Persons given conditional discharges do not get a criminal record if they successfully complete their conditions.