St. Louis Blues winger Kasperi Kapanen issued an apology after a drunk driving arrest final month in his native Finland.
The Blues confirmed Thursday that Kapanen is dealing with an alcohol-related cost. The 27-year-old issued an announcement by the crew.
“Final month I made an unacceptable error in judgment and take full duty for my actions. I provide my apologies to my household, the Blues group, my teammates and the followers,” he mentioned. “I perceive the severity of my mistake and am dedicated to doing the whole lot I can to earn again their belief.”
Blues president of hockey operations Doug Armstrong additionally commented on the matter with the Toronto Solar.
“We’re disillusioned in his lapse in judgment and are entrusting him to make the mandatory adjustments to keep away from placing himself in the same state of affairs sooner or later,” Armstrong mentioned.
Finnish information shops reported Thursday that Kapanen’s case will probably be heard in district court docket in Pohjois-Savo, Finland, in February.
Kapanen tallied 14 factors (eight targets, six assists) in 23 video games with St. Louis after being claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 25.
Kapanen was a first-round draft choose (twenty second total) by Pittsburgh in 2014. He has 186 factors (78 targets, 108 assists) in 387 video games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Penguins and Blues.
He is because of earn $3.2 million in 2023-24 and can develop into an unrestricted free agent after the season, in keeping with Spotrac.
—Area Degree Media