Tampa Bay Lightning to terminate contract of minor-leaguer Mitch Fadden for off-ice incidents
The Tampa Bay Lightning has put center Mitch Fadden, a promising minor-league player, on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract, general manager Steve Yzerman said:
"There have been some off-ice issues that, eventually, we decided to terminate his contract."
Yzerman declined to go into any more detail, as did Fadden's agent. But The 22-year-old, who is not playing with ECHL Florida while being treated for blood clots, apparently was arrested on March 2 in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. A report in the Salmon Arm Observer states that Mitchell D. Fadden, 22, was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and becoming "violent" with officers, according to a police report. Fadden has an appearance in provincial court scheduled for April 12.
Fadden was drafted 107th overall in 2007. His 51 points on 15 goals and 36 assists led the ECHL in early January.