Police in New Jersey have decided not to file criminal charges against a former Philadelphia Flyers player who won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils and now coaches in his home state who was accused of kicking a player on the high school team he coaches in the back.
Jim Dowd coaches the Manasquan High School hockey team.
A complaint filed by a parent in Wall Township accused Dowd of kicking a 16-year-old player in the back on Jan. 7 when the team played Red Bank Regional.
Wall Township Police Chief Robert Brice said that after an investigation his department won't file criminal charges against Dowd in an emailed statement Friday.
Earlier, Manasquan School Superintendent Frank Kasyan said it was best to relieve Dowd of his coaching duties during the investigation.
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Dowd, a native of Brick, New Jersey, played 73 games with the Flyers in the 2007-2008 season — his last season after playing 17 seasons in the NHL, including multiple stops with the New Jersey Devils.