CALGARY — The sister of NHL Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of common assault over a dust up at a team-owned club.
Crown prosecutor Britta Kristensen said Theresa Iginla was at Flames Central the evening of March 13, 2009, when she got into an argument with another patron.
Kristensen said Dominique Barbario and her friends had paid $350 for VIP passes and a special table only to find Iginla sitting there when they returned to their seats.
During the ensuing argument, Iginla shoved Barbario off her stool and when she got up, Iginla punched her in the face, Kristensen told provincial court Judge Jim Ogle.
Defence lawyer Timothy Stonhouse said he did not dispute the facts cited by the Crown, but noted alcohol played a part and Iginla and her party were told to sit where they did.
“They were waved to the table in question,” Stonhouse said.
“Unfortunately, an altercation developed as to who was properly in possession of the table.”
Stonhouse — who along with Kristensen proposed a conditional discharge which will see her left without a criminal record — said Theresa Iginla hopes to follow her father, Elvis, into the legal profession.
Meanwhile, he said, she’ll spend the summer working part time in Kelowna acting as babysitter to her brother’s three kids.
The fourth-year psychology student at the University of Calgary said she has learned her lesson.
“I’m sorry for what happened and it’s out of character for me,” she told Judge Ogle.
Ogle ordered her to be on probation for six months and if she successfully completes that term she will be discharged.