When high profile figures get in trouble with the law, there’s something that makes it just that more interesting to follow. Lately, high profile athletes have been finding themselves in the headlines for more of the wrong reasons than the good. In the large group of men who play in the NHL, you will find your fair share of guys who tend to push the pace a little too hard. Although the NHL does not have as bad a reputation as other sporting leagues, it has its fair share of delinquents who find themselves in sticky situations. In some cases, things go beyond your average sex, drugs, and rock n roll and start to venture into little things like DUIs, kidnapping, oh yeah and attempted murder. They hit high points in their careers where they believe they are untouchable and immune to discipline, which tends to back fire and not exactly work to their advantage. The results usually end in warnings or fines, but in some cases however it’s probation and even some alone time in the slammer to reflect on their sins.
Here are the Top 15 NHL Players With Crazy Arrests , or have had their fair share of legal troubles.
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15 Mike Richards
Mike Richards kicks off the list as a current unrestricted free agent whose most recent team was the Washington Capitals. He captained the Philadelphia Flyers and has also played for the Los Angeles Kings winning two cups with the team. The Canadian boy who hails from Kenora, Ontario found himself in some trouble at a Canada- US boarder crossing last summer. Richards was found in possession of the prescription pain killer Oxycodone and arrested by the Canada Border Services Agency officers at Emerson which is right on the North Dakota border.
He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and a court date was set. Due to the situation the Kings quickly terminated his contract, which had five years and $22 million remaining on it, but was since given permission by NHL officials to resume his career in the league.
14 Ryan O’Reilly
Ryan O’Reilly is yet another Canadian who holds an A on the Buffalo Sabres, but started his career playing on the Colorado Avalanche for six seasons. After signing a seven-year, $52 million deal with the Sabers, his offseason arrest came in a rather Canadian way when he drove his truck into a Tim Horton’s in Ontario. Last summer while in he was driving in his vintage green 1951 Chevy pick up, O’Reilly hit the Timmy’s while driving impaired. The crash occurred shortly after 4:00 in the morning and he ran away from the scene with the other passengers that were in the car. After witnesses called the police, O’Reilly was located a few blocks from the scene with blood alcohol levels over the legal limit. However, to his luck, he was acquitted of all charges after about an hour.
13 Jarret Stoll
Jarret Stoll is currently playing as an unrestricted free agent who has signed a professional try out contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has formerly played on a number of teams, including winning the Stanley Cup twice with the Kings. Last year as Stoll was cruising through Las Vegas he brought a little extra fun to the MGM Grand’s Wet Republic pool. During a routine search the hockey stud was found with both an 8-ball of cocaine and capsules of Ecstasy in the pockets of his board shorts. Stoll who has famously been dating Erin Andrews was transported to a nearby jail and booked for drug possession. In court the charges were lowered from felony to a pair of misdemeanors, and 32 hours of some community service to complete.
12 Claude Giroux
Claude Giroux is currently captain of the Philadelphia Flyers and has been on the team since he was drafted there in the 2006 NHL draft, 22nd overall. The Flyers star center was arrested a few years back during a night on the town in which he decided it would be a good idea to not only grab a police officer's buttocks, but allegedly mock the officer as well. Alcohol obviously was a prominent factor in the situation and occurred while the officers were conducting a routine walk through of the bar in which he was greeted with the outstretched hand of Giroux.
It is reported that the officers involved did not initially know whom they were dealing with and took him outside the bar to be talked to and later arrested. Giroux spent his night in jail and was released the next morning with no charges being laid in the end, but he was expected to make a $20,000 donation to an Ottawa Charity.
11 Ryan Malone
Ryan Malone is a former forward who played on teams such as the Penguins, Rangers, and Lightning. He was best known to be the first born and raised Pittsburgh player to suit up for the Penguins in an NHL game. While playing left wing for the Lightning, Malone was arrested one Saturday morning for driving under the influence…. while in possession of cocaine. During a traffic stop an officer noticed there was some alcohol on his breath, and he refused to take a field sobriety test.
After searching Malone they found cocaine in his pocket and upon further research he was found to have at least seven other traffic violations, including driving with a suspended license, resulting in his lovely big Suburban to be impounded. Two months after the charges were laid the Lightning bought out Malone, and he signed a two-way contract with the Rangers.
10 Patrick Roy
Patrick Roy is a well-known former goaltender and was then the coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche. He split his lengthy career between the Avalanche and Canadiens for a total of 18 years. Back in 2000 the goaltender that popularized the butterfly style was arrested on domestic violence charges. Roy’s wife called the police during an argument, as she was afraid of what her husband was going to do. Roy admitted to pulling two bedroom doors right off the hinges and when connected to the police she hung up without speaking. When taken to court he was issued a standard restraining order to restrain from drugs and alcohol, but the fiery goalie was never formally charged, as it didn’t meet the qualifications to be an act of domestic violence.
9 Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin is a former goalie that is originally from Russia who was nicknamed the Bulin Wall. He has won Olympic medals, is a four-time NHL All-Star, and was even the first Russian goaltender to win a Stanley Cup. His problems first began when he was pulled over while driving his black Ferrari 70 miles an hour in a 45 mph zone. It was discovered his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit and was found guilty of two different charges. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a fine to pay, leaving his team hanging without a goalie behind them. He served the first 15 days in jail and the next 15 under house arrest with an ankle monitor, as well as being subjected to random testing. The back injury he was nursing at the tine is said to be a factor.
8 Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour is yet another one of those goalies you can deem not all there. He had massive success on the ice with multiple teams, while off ice his quirky behavior earned him the nickname “Crazy Eddie”. The goalie was involved in an incident in 2000 at a Dallas hotel where security was called after a companion was scared of his belligerent drunk behavior. In his wisdom he tried to fight the guard, then kicked two police officers before he was blasted with a steady stream of pepper spray. To make matters worse, he then tried to buy the police off offering them $100,000 and then a hefty $1 billion if they wouldn’t take him to jail.
Needless to say he was not only wrist cuffed but ankle cuffed and thrown in the back of a cruiser where he was charged with assault and resisting arrest. He was arrested again in 2007 for walking toward an officer in “fighting stance” in hopes of fighting him.
7 Mike Danton
Mike Danton is a Polish-Canadian currently playing for professional hockey across the pond in the LNAH. Previously, he played for both the New Jersey Devils and the St. Louis Blues, the latter team causing some pretty weird things to happen. In 2004 just two days after the Blues were eliminated from the playoffs, Danton was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. He pleaded guilty to attempting to hire a hit man to whack his agent, and was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison while to this day insists he was trying to kill his father, not his agent…nice.
In jail shortly after his arrest, he tried to commit suicide and then reached a plea deal being sentenced to 90 months in federal prison. After serving 60 months with intensive therapy he was released in the fall of 2009 leaving the parting thought of the judge that “In over 18 years on the bench, I have never been faced with a case as bizarre as this one.”
6 Kevin Stevens
Kevin Stevens is a retired player and former scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is best known for being line mates with Mario Lemieux during the Penguins back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992. He played for many teams over the span of his career but ran into trouble while wearing the A in New York. In 2000 the popular family figure was busted at a motel for soliciting a prostitute and being in possession of drug paraphernalia, including a crack 8 ball. He faced felony charges and was forced to enter the NHL substance abuse program and enter rehab.
The charges were dropped but fast-forward to earlier this year and Stevens was charged yet again with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone. Stevens’s lawyer said he planned on contesting the charges but I’m sure he knows the legal drill by now.
5 Theo Fleury
Theo Fleury is a retired NHL player who played for the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, and the Chicago Blackhawks. He also has played professionally in Europe and Finland. He was known for his small size on the ice, but a big physical style. His troubled life started as a sex abuse victim, which caused him to battle both drug and alcohol addiction. In January 2003 he was involved in a drunken brawl in a Ohio strip club after signing a two year deal with Chicago months before. He was suspended for 25 games after he violated his substance abuse aftercare program and revealed in 2004 that he had not yet overcome the problems that would end his career. He eventually got sober to make a brief comeback in 2009.
4 Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane has been one of the most prolific scorers of this generation and is incredibly clutch, but he's been far from a model citizen off the ice. Kane was infamously arrested earlier in his career for assaulting a taxi driver after arguing over the change he was owed. The change owed to him was supposedly under a dollar. Kane was charged second-degree robbery, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and theft of services. Kane pleaded not guilty to a judge and the charges were eventually reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. Kane eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
He was given conditional discharge and would be cleared of all penalties after staying out of trouble for a year.
While the rape investigation last summer was a more serious situation, Kane was ruled out as an offender after the accused changed her testimony against him multiple times.
3 Joe Corvo
Joe Corvo is a retired player who played in the league for 11 years for multiple teams, originally being drafted to the Kings in 1997. Back in 2002 while at a restaurant in Boston, Corvo was arrested after he assaulted a 34-year-old woman. It occurred while he was playing in the AHL for the Kings farm team. He initially grabbed the woman’s buttocks and walked away, yet just wasn’t done and came back for more. Upon his return he punched the woman and when she fell to the ground he began to kick her and she was treated for bruises and swelling. He was suspended for three games after pleading guilty to assault and battery charges, a well as receiving a two year suspended jail sentence. He was then forced to take anger management classes.
2 Clayton Stoner
Clayton Stoner is a defenseman currently playing from the Anaheim Ducks. He comes from Port McNeil in good ol’ bushy British Columbia, therefore he grew up in the woods. Stoner made headlines back in 2013 after pictures of him surfaced from a hunting trip in which he killed a big grizzly bear. To make matters worse, the bear had a name, Cheeky, given to him by the local First Nations community. Stoner insisted that the hunt was legal, but stirred up debate as he left the carcass after skinning the bear and removing its hide, going against the hunting regulations.
Aside from this, Stoner was led to face charges including accounts of hunting without a license and unlawfully possessing dead wildlife- also in B.C., hunting out of season, and making a false statement in order to obtain a license. A photo was later released on social media of him proudly sporting a beheaded bear. In defense of his actions he stated that him and his family enjoy killing large game as a group activity, because really who doesn’t?
1 Dany Heatley
It’ safe to say Dany Heatley’s Twitter personality is better known than the guy himself. Heatley is currently an unrestricted free agent who was initially drafted to the Atlanta Thrashers second overall in 2000. He has bounced around between five different teams, most recently in Anaheim. In 2003 Heatley was involved in a serious accident with teammate Dan Snyder. Heatley was driving his Ferrari 360 Modena going between 55-82 in a 35 mph zone. The speed caused him to lose control and he skidded into a brick pillar and iron fence. After being taken to hospital Snyder succumbed to his injuries and passed away.
Heatley was charged with vehicular homicide and pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide, driving too fast for the conditions, failure to maintain a lane, and well, speeding. He was given three years probation, a fine, and ordered to give 150 speeches with regards to the dangers of speeding.
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