The University of New Hampshire was dealt a major blow when they found goaltender Casey DeSmith had been arrested by the police. He was charged with domestic violence and resisting arrest over the weekend of August 30th.
Police received a 911 call from a female victim who claimed she was thrown to the ground, jumped on top of and was repeatedly punched and spat upon. Police reports state further that Casey DeSmith was intoxicated when they arrived on scene. The female victim also had “visible” evidence on her body.
Police were called to his house nearby the Durham college he was then taken to hospital where he was confronted and reportedly refused arrest during arraignment.
DeSmith who had been the Wildcats starting goaltender since 2011-2012, playing in 74 of 80 games during that span, has been suspended indefinitely after the team released the following statement;
"“The University of New Hampshire is aware of Casey DeSmith’s arrest. The university takes the allegations very seriously and will always act to ensure the health and safety of our community. The university will treat this report with the seriousness that it deserves and in a manner consistent with our handling of similar cases involving any UNH student. 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.”"
Junior Jamie Reagan and freshman Adam Clark will now battle to take over the starting spot for the University of New Hampshire. Last season DeSmith posted goals against average of 2.40, while saving 984 shots. He has a career 2.32 goals against average and a .923 save percentage.