Former NHLer Nick Boynton accused of biting police officer
Nick Boynton of the Chicago Blackhawks gestures to Blair Jones of the Tampa Bay Lightning after a fight during NHL exhibition action in Winnipeg September 22, 2010. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)
On a snowy day in western New York, former NHLer Nick Boynton has found himself in some hot water with local authorities here.
The Arizona Coyotes broadcaster is accused of causing a disturbance at the Buffalo Creek Casino on Wednesday night, allegations that include accounts of scraping with Buffalo police officers assigned there to provide security.
Boynton, a native of Nobleton, Ont., was arrested by police and was slated to be charged with assault, criminal mischief and harassment.
“He was abusive to the staff at the casino, and when officers tried to take him into custody, he bit one of them on the finger,” a police source told the Buffalo News.
The Coyotes released the following statement regarding Boynton, 36:
“Early this morning, Coyotes radio color analyst Nick Boynton was involved in a situation at a Buffalo casino. A police investigation is underway. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and until the continuing legal process is completed, we will have no further comment. Mr. Boynton has been placed on a leave of absence.”
The 29th-place Coyotes face off against the 30th-place Sabres Thursday evening at the First Niagara Center.