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Former Sabres defenseman and assistant coach James Patrick arrested

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On Wednesday, May 7 it was reported that former Buffalo Sabres defenseman and then later assistant coach James Patrick was arrested in Dallas last week, accused of assaulting his girlfriend.

Patrick was charged with assault after allegedly shoving his girlfriend during an argument over the contents on his cell phone on April 30.

The warrant states the woman confronted Patrick after she saw several “inappropriate text messages” from another woman on his phone. The couple then wrestled over the phone, and Patrick allegedly grabbed the woman’s throat and pushed her face into the bathroom faucet, causing a cut to her lower lip.

His girlfriend also told police that Patrick smelled like alcohol and was covered in vomit.

James Patrick, 50, played 21 seasons in the NHL, six of those with the Sabres from 1998 to 2004. He played 345 games during his time with the Sabres, tallying 23 goals and 51 assists for 74 total points, while also recording 104 penalty minutes and a plus-40 rating. He also served as an assistant captain during part of his tenure with the team. He would then serve as an assistant coach with the Sabres under Lindy Ruff from 2006 to 2012.

Patrick currently serves as an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars, where he rejoined Lindy Ruff following their dismissal from Buffalo.

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