Toronto - “The Toronto Maple Leafs have been aware of the charges against Mark Bell
, which occurred in September of 2006. The club has been following the legal proceedings closely since he became a member of our team this past June.
“Mark has acknowledged the error in judgment that he made. He has expressed to the court and to us that he is deeply sorry and that he will accept the punishment resulting from the legal proceedings. Mark has accepted responsibility for his actions, and the Leafs organization will support Mark through this challenging time.”From Mark Bell
“As a result of my actions of September 2006 I requested that my attorney enter a plea bargain so that I could accept full responsibility for my error in judgment. I am deeply sorry for the hurt that I have caused to others and for the way in which my actions reflected upon the San Jose Sharks, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and upon myself.
“I accept my punishment as handed down by the court. I look forward to fulfilling my obligations, and in moving on with my life in a positive manner. I’m glad to be returning home to Canada, and I look forward to playing in Toronto this season.”