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Very disappointing story from the the Vancouver Sun. It does sound like a party that went bad and probably wouldn't make the paper if it didn't involve two junior hockey players. However the two guys concerned will have to face the consequences of their actions. Any convictions could potentially cause some serious damage to their careers...


A pair of Vancouver Giants hockey players are facing assault charges, according to court records.


Right winger Jackson Houck and defenceman Brett Kulak were charged with assault causing bodily harm in relation to events that took place Aug. 18, according to B.C. court services.


Kulak was booked with an additional charge of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.


The charges stem back to a house party in Delta – the same city where the Giants’ practice rink is located - according to a radio report by CKNW.


In the week before the alleged offences, Houck had tweeted “Can't wait till next week when I'm back in Ladner with all the fellas at camp! #gmen #giants #missit.”


The pair’s first court date was Oct. 16. Kulak is scheduled to return to court Nov. 20 and Houck’s next appearance is slated for Feb. 28.


Despite the criminal charges, both men have continued to play for the Giants. Kulak is the team’s leading scorer and Houck is not far behind.


Delta police were unable to provide further details about the charges by print deadline.


Vancouver Giants owner Ron Toigo released a statement regarding Houck and Kulak:


"Due to an incident that took place on August 18 at a Tsawwassen house party, both players will be in court on November 20th to have these matters dealt with.


We cannot comment on the charges or the likely outcome at this time, and hopefully this will all be behind us after that court date.


What we can say is that our players are held to a higher standard and, for the most part, live up to that.


This is the first instance that we have had a player have to go to court and that is unfortunate.


Both Jackson and Brett have been, and are, exceptional people.


They have been good students, and have put in many hours of community service hours through school visits and the Read to Succeed program, Odd Squad with Chris Graham of the Vancouver Police, and hospital visits with the Giants' Christmas program.


Both these players have been, and are, very good citizens and have been good members of our community.


It is unfortunate that one negative incident gets the attention instead of all the good things that have been done.


They are both prepared to deal with whatever the court decides.


Please appreciate and understand that the players and anyone from the Vancouver Giants organization cannot comment on any of these legal matters.


Thank You."


Kulak and Houck were both on the ice for the Giants’ 5-1 win at home to Prince George on Saturday. Kulak scored twice and Houck added a goal in the win.


Kulak, a 19-year-old defenceman drafted 105th overall by the Calgary Flames in 2012, has nine goals and 13 assists through 21 games this season.


Houck, an 18-year-old right winger taken 94th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the June draft, has nine goals and six assists in 20 games.



Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Vancouver+Giants+charged+with+assault+updated/9145881/story.html#ixzz2kTL1ND1r



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