DURHAM, N.H. (CBS/AP) – A key member of the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team has been suspended following a recent arrest.

The UNH media relations department confirmed that Casey DeSmith, a senior and the team’s starting goaltender, was arrested and in turn suspended from the team pending further investigation.

“The university takes the allegations very seriously and will always act to ensure the health and safety of our community,” said UNH director of media relations Erika Mantz.

“The university will treat this report with the seriousness that it deserves and in a manner consistent with our handling of similar cases involving any UNH student.”

UNH goalie Casey DeSmith. (Photo: University of New Hampshire Athletics)

UNH goalie Casey DeSmith. (Photo: University of New Hampshire Athletics)

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports Rene Kelley, deputy police chief in Durham, said police received a call from a woman early Sunday saying she was a domestic violence victim. She accused Casey DeSmith of assaulting her.

The 23-year-old DeSmith was charged with one count of simple assault and one count of resisting arrest. There was no record Wednesday that he had been arraigned yet.

It was not immediately known if DeSmith had a lawyer. A number for his home in Rochester, N.H., home was disconnected.

During the 2013-14 season DeSmith started 36 games with a record of 20-16-0, including three shutouts.

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