Jim Dowd, a former New Jersey Devil and current Shore Conference ice hockey coach, has been accused of assaulting a high school player, News 12 New Jersey reported.
Dowd, who coaches the Manasquan-Point Pleasant Beach varsity team, was removed from coaching Monday’s game against Rumson-Fair Haven after a parent filed a complaint with police claiming Dowd kicked a 16-year-old player in the back, according to the news report.
The parent filed simple assault charges against Dowd, according to the report.
The incident happened at a Wednesday game last week at the Jersey Shore Arena, where the team played against Red Bank Regional, according to the report.
Lieutenant Peter Lokerson of the Wall Township Police Department confirmed that a complaint against Dowd was filed and that the complaint is being reviewed.
According to the initial News 12 New Jersey report, Dowd is scheduled to appear at the Wall Township Court Tuesday morning to face the simple assault complaint.
Calls placed to Dowd have not yet been returned.
Dowd was not in attendance on Monday night at the Red Bank Armory, but Manasquan ice hockey did travel to play Rumson-Fair Haven and first-year Bulldogs head coach Bill Bredin.
Bredin, a junior hockey teammate of Dowd’s in 1987, and did provide a comment.
“Jim is someone I have a lot of respect for,” Bredin said. “Personally, I think he’s done more for hockey in New Jersey than the 1980 Olympic team did for hockey in the United States. That says a lot about how I feel about him.”
“I think we all need to take a step back and let the facts come out. No one should jump to any conclusions,” Bredin added. “Knowing him for as long as I have, I find it hard to believe that he stepped out of bounds. I just don’t see that.”
Dowd, a former Brick Township high school player, was hired in April 2014 as head coach of the Manasquan-Point Pleasant Beach ice hockey team.
Prior to his coaching position with the Warriors, Dowd was a 17-year NHL veteran and a Stanley Cup Champion with the New Jersey Devils in 1994-95.