Red Wings’ Smith charged with disorderly conduct

Detroit Red Wings' draft pick Brendan Smith has been charged with disorderly conduct after a fight outside a Madison home earlier this month. Prosecutors say the former Wisconsin Badger repeatedly punched a man who tried to get into a house party May 6. The Wisconsin State Journal says Smith was charged Friday. The Mimico, Ontario native is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Tuesday. The 21-year-old defenseman signed a three-year entry level contract with Detroit on Thursday after the Red Wings made him their first-round draft pick and 27th overall in the 2007 draft. A telephone number for Smith couldn't immediately be found Saturday. Online court records didn't list a defense attorney. Smith led the nation in defense scoring in the 2009-10 season with 15 goals and 52 points. —— Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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