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Corvo Suspended for Three Games

Times Staff Writer

Defenseman Joe Corvo was suspended Thursday by the Kings for three games without pay after pleading guilty Monday to two counts relating to an attack on a woman last November in Boston.

Corvo, 26, pleaded guilty in Boston Municipal Court to a felony count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, his foot, and a misdemeanor count of simple assault and battery.

He received a suspended jail sentence of two years and must perform an undisclosed number of community service hours in Boston within three years. He also must complete a counseling program.

Corvo, whose salary is $475,000, will forfeit about $7,500 because of the suspension.

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At the time of his arrest, Corvo was playing for the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ minor league affiliate in Manchester, N.H.

“After consultation with league officials, Commissioner [Gary] Bettman’s office, and after reviewing all of the facts relevant to this situation, we felt this was the appropriate course of action,” King General Manager Dave Taylor said in a statement. "... Joe’s conduct was completely unacceptable.”

Corvo was accused of grabbing a female patron’s buttocks at a downtown Boston lounge at about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 13, according to the police report. He was asked to leave the restaurant but returned a short time later and punched the Boston woman in the face, the report said. The woman collapsed to the floor, where Corvo allegedly kicked her several times before fleeing to a nearby pub.

“I certainly regret my behavior and any embarrassment it may have caused my family, the Kings and Monarchs organizations, or the fans,” Corvo said. “I understand I have to be accountable for my actions.”

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Defenseman Tomas Zizka was sent down to Manchester. Zizka was scoreless in two games with the Kings.


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