De Frias to remain on WolfPack ice
Colten de Frias will be allowed to continue in the university hockey program for the remainder of the school year.
The status of de Frias, one of the leading scorers on the TRU WolfPack hockey team, had been put into question after he was found guilty in December of assault causing bodily harm.
At the time, Christopher Seguin, TRU’s vice-president of advancement, said the institution was waiting to see what sentence was given before making comment.
Following sentencing on Thursday, Feb. 14, which saw Kamloops provincial court Judge Chris Cleaveley issue a conditional discharge, directing the 21-year-old to pay the $30,000 in dental costs Andrew Giddens now faces, Seguin said officials at the university have met with de Frias and “outlined ongoing expectations.
“TRU student athletes are aware their behaviour while participating in sport or even while involved in non-university-related activities may lead to decisions regarding their ability to continue to represent the university on any of its teams.”
Giddens has undergone several dental procedures and dentists have recommended implants, using pieces of bone that will be harvested from his hip.
Cleavely placed de Frias on one year of probation, with orders to abstain from using alcohol and going to bars.
During a two-day trial in October, court heard de Frias punched 20-year-old Giddens twice in the face in a Victoria Street parking lot, breaking the man’s jaw, splitting his lip open and causing damage to four teeth.