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Canadian star sought for Sweden hockey attack

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Canadian star sought for Sweden hockey attack
André Deveaux (left), Jens Hellgren and Mike Vernace celebrate a 0-2 win over Västerås on Sunday. Photo: Andreas Hillergren/TT
16:49 CEST+02:00
A Swedish prosecutor has ordered the arrest of Canadian ice hockey player André Deveaux after he was caught on video violently slashing an opponent in a pre-game warm-up for his club side in Ängelholm.

“He is wanted on suspicion of assault,” prosecutor Margareta Danielsson-Olvon told The Local. 

“An investigation is ongoing. We don’t know where he is and have put out a warrant for his arrest.” 

Rögle BK, a second-tier ice hockey team from Ängelholm in southern Sweden, terminated Deveaux’s contract on Monday amid mounting anger over his attack on Per Helmersson, team captain for VIK Västerås, in a play-off game last week. 

A video of the attack appears to show the Canadian player skate in from behind and slash Helmersson full-force across the legs with his club. 

VIK Västerås reported the 31-year-old to Deveaux to the police on Monday. 

Police are set to question Helmersson about the attack and will also seek to get Deveaux’s version of events - as soon as they can find him. 

Prosecutor Danielsson-Olvon said a court could theoretically jail the Canadian player but added that a range of factors would be taken into account.

Sweden could request an international arrest warrant for Deveaux if he does not turn himself in to the police. 

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