Jim Dowd, a former New Jersey Devil and current Shore Conference ice hockey coach who was accused of assaulting a high school player, waived his appearance at Wall Township Municipal Court on Tuesday morning.
Dowd, who coaches the Manasquan-Point Pleasant Beach cooperative varsity program was removed from coaching Monday night’s game with Rumson-Fair Haven after a parent filed a complaint with police claiming Dowd kicked a 16-year old player in the back.
In the official complaint summons obtained by the Asbury Park Press through Wall Township Municipal Court, the complainant stated that Dowd “did knowingly and purposely commit simple assault, specifically by kicking juvenile [who was identified only by initials and age] in the back, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C : 12-1 (A).”
The alleged violation would be a disorderly persons offense, or a lower misdemeanor type criminal matter as classified by the state of New Jersey.
Wall Township Police Lieutenant Pete Lokerson issued a press release on Tuesday afternoon that Wall Township Police took a report regarding an alleged assault at the Jersey Shore Ice Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 7.
It went on to state the Wall Township Police Detective Division is currently investigating the allegations. News 12 New Jersey was first to report the complaint.
Manasquan Superintendent Dr. Frank Kasyan was reached for comment on Tuesday morning and said that no immediate disciplinary action will be taken against Dowd.
“There is no disciplinary action being taken at this point because the police are still investigating the complaint and I have nothing to discipline,” Kasyan said.
“Up until this point Jim has been a good upstanding citizen and a perfect coach for us,” Kasyan added. “His reputation in the community has been great. I’ve been to games, I have seen him coach and he has been wonderful with the kids.”
Kasyan also confirmed that Dowd has been temporarily relieved of his head coaching duties until the investigation of the complaint filed has been completed by the Wall Township Police Department.
Kasyan named Manasquan assistant coach Tom Matthews as the interim head coach of the Warriors and has called a special Board of Education meeting for Friday, January 16 to discus the matter further.
Calls placed to Dowd not yet been returned.
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.
EDITOR’S NOTE: In the initial report we referred to Judge Daniel Roberts of Charney & Roberts LLC as representation for Dowd, when he is actually being represented by Daniel R. Roberts of Kenny Gross Kovats & Parton in Red Bank, NJ. We apologize for the inaccuracy.