A warrant for the arrest of Philadelphia Flyers center Eri Lindros was issued in the Canadian province of Ontario yesterday after a woman complained that the 19-year-old rookie was one of several men who assaulted her in a bar early Sunday morning.
Lindros, who spent the weekend with his family and friends in the Toronto area, said he was considering filing countercharges.
Lindros, originally scheduled to travel with the Flyers to Ottawa for tonight's game against the Senators, instead spent yesterday afternoon conferring with Flyers officials at their practice rink in Voorhees, N.J.
Jim Grimley, a spokesman for the Durham (Ontario) Region police, said that the Lindros family had been contacted and that, barring an out-of-court settlement, arrangements for Lindros to be fingerprinted and photographed by police had been made. No bail bond would be necessary, Grimley said.
In his first NHL season, Lindros is considered one of the leagues' top players and has quickly become a favorite with fans in Philadelphia.
Sidelined since Nov. 22, he has 15 goals and 13 assists in 21 games.
"I'll do some homework and see what I can do about this," Lindros said. "Maybe I should make this an example. If you let people take advantage of you once, well. . . ."
According to a statement released by the Durham Region police, a 24-year-old woman from Whitby, Ontario, told police she was on the dance floor of a bar called KooKoo Bananas in Whitby about 1 a.m. when "beer was poured on her head and beer was spat at her by several male individuals."
Flyers general manger Russ Farwell said said the team would "find out the nature of the charges before we see how quickly we'll have to deal with it."