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Preseason shock: Eisbären players arrested in Sweden
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August 24, 2003; 15:41
Preseason shock: Eisbären players arrested in Sweden
20-year-old girl accuses veterans of rape
Frank Johne

Still being interrogated in Sweden: Defender Brad Bergen

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Munich, Germany - A short preseason trip to Sweden ended on a bad note Saturday for DEL club Eisbären Berlin when veteran players Yvon Corriveau and Brad Bergen were arrested for the alleged rape of a 20-year-old girl in Kristianstad, Sweden.

Accused of rape: Berlin's Yvon Corriveau
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

According to Swedish authorities, the two Canadians - both married and fathers - are being accused of raping the girl after a night club visit Friday night.

Five other Eisbären players - Florian Keller, Alexander Barta, Tobias Draxinger and Frank Hördler allegdly among them - were originally arrested as prime suspects Saturday morning but released later that day. Although they were allowed to return to Germany with the rest of the team, authorities stressed that they would remain part of the investigation.

In the meantime, 36-year-old forward Corriveau, who tallied 42 points in 47 games last season, and 37-year-old defenseman Bergen, are still being interrogated in Sweden.

After losing preseason games to Swedish clubs Malmö IF (4-3) and Rögle BK (2-0), parts of the Eisbären team went clubbing on their final evening in Sweden. The 20-year-old local girl accompanied the players back to their hotel where she was allegedly sexually assaulted. The victim reported the incident to local police the following morning.

"Our Swedish attorneys are working on the case," Berlin’s general manager Detlef Kornett remarked Sunday morning. "They are cooperating closely with the authorities."
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