Report: UNH’s DeSmith arrested, charged with assault and resisting arrest
University of New Hampshire goalie and Rochester native Casey DeSmith was suspended from the team, the university announced yesterday, following an arrest and two charges brought against him in the aftermath of an alleged domestic dispute.
According to Durham police reports and Foster’s Daily Democrat, DeSmith was arrested following a call at 12:59 a.m. Aug. 31 from a woman reporting domestic abuse and that DeSmith had assaulted her. According to Foster’s, the police had to wrestle DeSmith to the ground after attempting to handcuff him at a hospital later in the night.
According to the Foster’s, report, DeSmith, a senior, was charged with assault and resisting arrest when he was brought to Strafford County Jail, and held on $5,000 personal recognizance bail.
Yesterday, the school announced that DeSmith was suspended while information surrounding the alleged event was sorted out.
“The University of New Hampshire is aware of Casey DeSmith’s arrest,” the statement read. “The university takes the allegations very seriously and will always act to ensure the health and safety of our community. … Consistent with our policies regarding student athletes charged with this type of behavior, Mr. DeSmith has been suspended from the men’s hockey team pending further investigation into the matter.”
DeSmith took over the starting job as a freshman during the 2011-12 season and has received the vast majority of the minutes in net since. He’s started 74 of the team’s last 80 games, including 38 as a sophomore when the Wildcats reached the NCAA East regional final, rising to No. 1 in the country along the way.
He went 20-16 with a .920 save percentage and 2.40 goals against average last year, and entered this offseason as the backbone of a UNH team that lost its top defensive pairing and five of its top six scorers.
DeSmith is a six-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, winning the award most recently last Nov. 18 after stopping 53 of 54 shots to lead the Wildcats to a weekend sweep of Northeastern.
He delivered several clutch performances at the end of the regular season and postseason, allowing the Wildcats to grab home-ice advantage for the Hockey East playoffs and flirt with an NCAA tournament berth. He went 6-3 in that stretch, making big final-minute saves in a win over Boston University after the Terriers got within a score of erasing a three-goal deficit.
“Casey DeSmith got the two points, to be quite honest with you,” Coach Dick Umile said after the victory. “He made some incredible saves in the third period when we as a team tried to give it away.”
He also stopped 49 shots in the regular-season finale against Merrimack, allowing UNH to salvage home ice on the final day of the season. Once in the playoffs he helped lead UNH to the Hockey East final, stopping 25 of 26 shots to outduel standout Jon Gillies in the semifinal win over Providence.
(Drew Bonifant can be reached at 369-3340 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @dbonifant.)