Kassian crash case going to court in the fall

Former Montreal Canadiens forward Zack Kassian may be back in Montreal next fall, but not to play hockey.

Kassian could be called as a witness at the preliminary hearing for 22 year old Alison de Courcy-Ireland who was charged with impaired driving in the crash that led to Kassian being traded to the Edmonton Oilers.

Crown and defence lawyers met at the courthouse yesterday to iron out the details of how to proceed and they agreed that the hearing will be held in November.

De Courcy-Ireland was charged in connection with an accident in the early morning of October 4, 2015, on Clanranald Ave. in NDG.

She is suspected of being the driver, when Kassian's pick-up truck left the road and struck a tree.

Kassian suffered a broken nose and a broken ankle and was suspended by the Canadiens for substance abuse.

He was traded to Edmonton a few months later.