Hockey fighter gets probation, public service
A hockey player from Denver who was involved in a post-game altercation during the Hockey Mountain High amateur tournament in Aspen earlier this month pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge earlier this week.
Patrick Roberts, 32, of Denver, was one of two tournament participants who were arrested on suspicion of fighting on the weekend of Oct. 4 and 5. He has been ordered by Aspen Municipal Court Judge Brooke Peterson to write a letter of apology to city of Aspen ice-rink officials, pay $150 in fees and perform 10 hours of community service.
Roberts, who plays for a Denver-area team called the Yodeling Pickles, received a six-month deferred judgment and unsupervised probation in the case. If Roberts should get arrested over the next six months, he will have to return to court for a reinstatement of charges while facing the possibility of higher fines and jail time.
According to the Aspen Police Department, Roberts was arrested Oct. 5 on suspicion of punching a player on an opposing team in the early-morning hours that day at a local restaurant. Police said he was retaliating for a fight that occurred during a game on Oct. 4.
In that incident, Fort Collins resident Chris Hau, 31, allegedly took a typical hockey-game fight too far. Police said Hau, who plays for DAS Hockey, a team based in Fort Collins, got into it with a player from the Yodeling Pickles. After that player skated away, Hau went after him, threw him to the ice and continued to punch him, police said. He was arrested soon after.
Hau is being represented by Aspen attorney Jeff Wertz. His court appearance has been set for Nov. 12.
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Peter Arnold’s playing career ended after high school, but his time on the ice continues a few decades later. A longtime USA Hockey official and new Aspen resident, Arnold is searching for the next generation of hockey referees among the youth ranks here in the Roaring Fork Valley.