Teenager arrested in Villeray stabbed hockey player during cell phone sale

MONTREAL – A teenager suspected of violently assaulting a hockey player during a cell phone transaction last August in Villeray was arrested by police on Wednesday.

The victim of this assault is Nicolas Poulin, who played for the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 2014 to 2018 before playing for the McGill University hockey team.

The arrested teenager was remanded in custody and is due to appear before the Youth Court of the Tribunal du Québec on Thursday, according to the SPVM report. The circumstances of his arrest are not yet known.

During the altercation on August 22, Nicolas Poulin was injured in the neck with a knife. Poulin said in an interview later that the blade of the gun had cut him within a millimeter of the carotid artery.

Had the artery been affected, the 22-year-old 6’2 “colossus, who weighs 200 pounds, could have been killed.

Poulin allegedly initiated the transaction by cell phone on an online site that sells such items. The two men agreed to meet around 9 p.m. at the intersection of Jarry and Chateaubriand streets and the attack occurred shortly after they met.

Nicolas Poulin is the son of Patrick Poulin who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1991 to 2002 with the Montreal Canadiens, Hartford Whalers, Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 10, 2019.

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