10/10/2012 11:19 EDT | Updated 12/10/2012 05:12 EST

Former CFL all-star to face trial next year on two assault charges

CALGARY - A former all-star offensive lineman in the Canadian Football League has pleaded not guilty to assault charges stemming from an alleged incident involving a youth.

A lawyer for Fred Childress (CHILL'-dress) entered the plea Tuesday in a Calgary courtroom.

Childress, who is 46, was not in court when the plea was entered.

The former Calgary Stampeder and Saskatchewan Roughrider was arrested Aug. 8 and charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

Details on what led to the arrest of the two-time Grey Cup winner — nicknamed 'The Big Chill' — have not been released.

A one-day trial is slated for March 22. (CHQR)