Flyers Prospect Nick Cousins Charged With Sexual Assault


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Typically, Flyers news nowadays involves an injured defenseman or a contract extension, but today brings a situation of a far more serious nature.

Prospect Nick Cousins has been charged with sexual assault in an incident that involved two teammates from the Sault Slt. Marie Greyhounds on Saturday.

Here is a sizable snippet of the media release from the Sault Slt. Marie police:

On the 25th of August 2012, three males have been charged
with an offence as to a female known to them.  Charged with sexual
assault is 19 year old Brian Nicholas Cousins of 41 Meadowvale Avenue in
Belleville, Ontario
, 19 year old Andrew Douglas Fritsch of 11 Stymie
Boulevard in Brantford, Ontario and 18 year old Mark Anthony Petaccio of
61 New Brooklyn Road in Sicklerville, New Jersey.  Brian Nicholas
Cousins and Andrew Douglas Fritsch have been scheduled for court October
1, 2012.  Mark Anthony Petaccio will appear in bail court on Monday,
August 27, 2012.


Cousins is widely considered as the team's top prospect, and would be a likely call-up at some point during the regular season… if there is one. He tallied 88 points in 65 games in the Ontario Hockey League last year.

The Flyers released this statement regarding the situation:

"We are aware of the unfortunate situation involving Nick Cousins. Due
to lack of info available to us, we will not comment at this time."


Obviously, it's hard to draw conclusions with so little factual information, but the situation doesn't spell well for Cousins or the Flyers. More to come as it becomes available.

h/t Dave Isaac, Courier Post & CB Reader Brian Smith

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  • Kevin August 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Are the other two prospects as well, or just buddies?

  • CB Ryan Gillon August 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I’m not clear how close the three are that were charged with the assault. It’s hard to assume anything at this point.

  • Dave August 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    eskimo brothers

  • Roger Pedactor August 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I wonder what Edward Murphy has to say about this.

  • Edward Murphy August 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Mr. Herman,
    This is not the type nor the place for comedy. This is a very serious allegation and potentially crime. You should be focused on the validity of this allegation and what you can do to help. If true, imagine what this woman is going through. Her life is ruined. Why can’t the youth of America think about the innocent victims for once before they jump at the opportunity to use an insensitive remark in hopes of acquiring a snicker. I am really getting sick and tired of it.

  • ThePhillyFlash August 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Cousins? Likely call up? Not anymore. I’m gonna guess that kid won’t skate so much as a single shift for the Flyers in 2012-13 while this hangs over his head.

  • Michael Saunders August 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    He was just trying to get some pussy. I think we’ve all been there before, thinking no means yes. I know I have!

  • Turtle from wip August 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Amanda & Ed innocent until proven guilty. Idiots

  • mc August 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Innocent until proven guilty. Read the story of Brian Banks. I hate to accuse the victim of lying, but i know of one of these guys personally, and from what i can tell seemed like a nice kid.

  • Danny Z August 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Wouldn’t shock me if the victim felt guilty afterwards for whoring around & called rape.
    Keep your head up Nick, I been there before & the truth will come out in court

  • Teez August 27, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Harry z filmed an underage girl and he played for the flyers. amanda, kitchen. now.

  • Moop August 27, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Insert sports dick into vagina.
    Call foul play.
    Look for payday outside of court.

  • Sam August 27, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Why did you delete my post?

  • Kyle Scott August 27, 2012 at 7:21 am

    i only delete stuff that is obscene or the pricks who claim i stole stuff from the 700 level. newsflash, we’re both philly sports blogs, we’re going to have the same stories from time to time. do you think abc accuses nbc of stealing a story about a **** fire in kensington if their truck was there first? no, sometimes they’ll be first, sometime’s i’ll be first. keep in mind, they have like 7 guys, i basically have one. plus, even on the same stories, their **** generally lacks creativity, humor, or entertainment value. they benefitted by being the first and consistent- good for them- but i find their site generally boring and a design that looks like it’s from an angelfire page.
    so that’s my “defense” for similarities between me and the 700 level. we’re both sports blogs, i feel mine happens to be significantly better. anyone is free to disagree with that, but yeah, i am going to delete stuff that says “i stole something from them.” that’s not true, and often times i’m first with stuff.

  • Chance- Vice President of the GnA Falcons August 27, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Counsins better take care of this

  • mac August 27, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Bear suit wearing whore from pittsburg gave these underage men alcohol and set them up.

  • David August 27, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Keep it real Kyle, Keep it Real…

  • Hugh Rection August 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Shoulda slipped her a mickey first…

  • Your Mother August 27, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Edward Murphy, Let’s not jump to conclusions young man. Many times in the past these allegations have been proven to be false. Go to your room!
    Now, I just hope we can all sit back and wait for some evidence before we convict this young man in the court of public opinion. I mean he never forced himself on me before, not that he had to….

  • The Revolting Blob August 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

    They were playing ‘just the tip’ and things got out of control.

  • DoomHooligan August 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Fuck the 700level. Do people who like this site more go there to bitch and whine and complain about the 700level site? Seriously, does that happen?
    I’m asking because 1) I dislike the 700level (design, content, UI, the works) and do not go there to read Philly sports news, and 2) because the volume of 700level-fuckups who come here to post bullshit hate-screeds about CrossingBroad appears to be steady and consistent.
    Paraphrasing here, but “waaaah your site posts the same news as some other site, WAAAAH-ASSHOLES” is NOT generally considered intelligent discourse. Only total fucking imbeciles take the time and energy to troll that kind of shit. Intelligent people don’t give a fuck unless actual plagiarism is occurring beyond a shadow of doubt. And even then, would the intelligent people give a rip enough to take to the ‘boards’ in a fit of literary rage? Seriously. Wtf.
    …and since when is it a surprise that a crew of hockey players would pull a train on some willing bimbo? Or that the aforementioned bimbo would have a change of heart after servicing a crew of hockey dudes in one sitting? Gosh, is that, like, a TOTAL surprise, or WHAT?! GTFO.
    If they raped her then they need their asses handed to them (et al), and if she’s lying then she needs some alone-quiet-time in the clink.

  • MM August 27, 2012 at 11:34 am


  • TCR August 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    They should have just used that cum dumpster princess sasss, she never says no or cries foul, just tweets “more hockey cock, stat!!”

  • Stephen August 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Poor guy. I’m sure these guys were trying to fuck this girl, who for sure was down to fuck them. She prob got drunk, fucked all 3 of them, felt like a slut, said she was drunk and they took advantage of her. These guys probably did not say “hey, we are about to make it to the NHL, but first, let’s hold this chick down and brutally rape her for fun.”
    Guys need to watch out for these girls. Of course, she may have been raped, buttttttt it is much more likely that she is just was slut who felt slutty after-the-fact, so she cried foul.

  • PoorSports August 27, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    you don’t ever want to doubt a woman when she says she was assaulted/raped, but didn’t this site post a somewhat involved story of one puckslut (forgive the term) who basically screwed a whole bunch of hockey prospects in one night just for the hell of it?
    maybe this situation is different, but i thought i remembered people speculating that one of the guys that girl did from the earlier post was nick cousins, as well. too lazy to check. would rather feed rumors on the internet….

  • Michelle August 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Pretty sad how people are talking about this girl and females in general do any of you have sisters, mothers, daughters etc

  • Rob August 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Mark petaccio would never do that. Close close friend of mine. Esp because he’d never think oh i have a huge hockey career ahead of me lets just rape this girl and wreck our hocky career.

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