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Possible truce in battle between ex-NHL star and wife on assault charges: Crown

Vincent Damphousse speaks during his retirement announcement as his wife Allana listens, during a news conference on Sept. 7, 2005 in Laval, Que. There may be a truce in a legal scrap between Damphousse and his ex-wife in which both parties had filed assault charges against each other.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

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Vincent Damphousse speaks during his retirement announcement as his wife Allana listens, during a news conference on Sept. 7, 2005 in Laval, Que. There may be a truce in a legal scrap between Damphousse and his ex-wife in which both parties had filed assault charges against each other.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

MONTREAL - There may be a truce in a legal scrap between a former NHL star and his ex-wife in which both parties had filed assault charges against each other.

Vincent Damphousse and his ex-wife Allana Henderson each filed assault charges in 2011.

The Crown in the case told a court Thursday that it had proposed a settlement to both defendants.

Damphousse and Henderson will study the proposals and are due back in court at the end of April.

Damphousse, a former Montreal Canadiens captain and long-time NHLer, faces six counts of assaulting Henderson between 2008 and 2011.

Henderson, his ex-wife, faces one charge of assault with a weapon and of theft of a briefcase in March 2011.

Both Damphousse and Henderson have pleaded not guilty to their charges. Following his arrest, Damphousse's lawyer suggested the charges against his client stemmed from acrimonious divorce proceedings.

The case has continued to work its way through the legal system but both sides have kept talking in the hope of having the criminal charges dropped.

Damphousse was drafted sixth overall by Toronto in 1986 and started his career in that city before stops in Edmonton, Montreal and San Jose during an 18-year NHL career that ended following the 2003-2004 season.

He won a Stanley Cup in 1993 with the Habs and served as the team's captain from 1996 to 1999.

In 1,378 NHL games, he scored 432 goals and amassed 1,205 points. Damphousse is seen regularly on French-language TV as a hockey analyst.

(Cogeco)

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