B’s ink Corvo; pleaded guilty to assault while with MonarchsSTAFF REPORT
July 05. 2011 6:59PM
Former Manchester Monarchs defenseman Joe Corvo, who pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in a Boston restaurant in 2003, was acquired by the Boston Bruins in a trade with Carolina Tuesday.
The move came after Tomas Kaberle signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract this week with the Hurricanes.
Corvo will join a Bruins team that starts training camp in September, after winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years.
In a November 2003 story published in the New Hampshire Union Leader, it was reported that Corvo was a member of the Monarchs when the assault incident on a woman happened during an informal team night out in Boston in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 2002.
While at the Trio Restaurant that day, prosecutors said Corvo grabbed a 34-year-old woman's buttocks. Staff members at the restaurant told Corvo to leave and he did. But Corvo returned, allegedly punched the woman and then kicked her when she fell to the ground.
The woman was later treated at Massachusetts General Hospital for bruises and swelling on her face.
Nearly a year later in 2003 as a rookie defenseman with the Los Angeles Kings, Corvo pleaded guilty to a felony count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - his foot - and one misdemeanor count of simple assault and battery.
Corvo was given a suspended sentence by a Boston Municipal Court Judge. He was placed on probation for three years and ordered to complete a batterer's program and to perform community service in Boston.
The Los Angeles Kings suspended Corvo for three games after the sentence. Corvo was drafted by the Kings in the fourth round of the 1997 NHL entry draft.
He left the Kings' organization after signing a four-year, unrestricted free agent contract with the Ottawa Senators worth $10.5 million in 2006. In 2008, the Senators traded Corvo along with Patrick Eaves to the Hurricanes for Mike Commodore and Cory Stillman.
On Tuesday, the Bruins gave up a 2012 fourth-round pick to acquire Corvo from Carolina.
Kaberle to Carolina
Kaberle was the longest-tenured player on the Toronto Maple leafs before being dealt to the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline. Kaberle had 38 points in 58 games for Toronto, but had nine points in 24 regular-season games for Boston and 11 assists in 25 playoff games.