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Czech media report: Winnipeg’s Pavelec in DUI mess (Updated)

Jul 16, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

Ondrej Pavelec AP

According to reports from Czech news outlets Nova and iSport, Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec is involved in a DUI incident in the Czech Republic.

Matias Strozyk of Jatkoaika — a Finnish hockey news site — reports Pavelec has been sentenced to six months of conditional probation and banned from driving for 20 months after a DUI arrest in May.

“Pavelec crashed his BMW M6 into a car that had stopped on a one-way street on the morning of May 26th,” Strozyk tweeted. “BAL [blood alcohol level] of 0.20. About 5k [$5,000] of USD damage.”

According to Mitch Rosset of Global News Winnipeg, the Jets are not commenting on the report.

The Winnipeg Sun has picked up the story and is “investigating the claims.” It should be noted that reports out of the Czech Republic have not been confirmed.

Pavelec, 24, recently signed a five-year, $19.5 million extension with the Jets.

Update: From Puck Daddy’s Sean Leahy, here is Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayhoff’s statement regarding Pavelec.

“At this time True North Sports & Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club are aware of various, yet still inconsistent, internet reports pertaining to Ondrej Pavelec. We, as an organization, are attempting to gather more information and until such time as we are comfortable and have a full understanding of the situation, we will not be issuing any further comment.”

  1. langforc - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    I hope for the Jets organizations sake this isn’t true because you are not allowed in Canada if you have a DUI….at least US citizens are not.

    • guitarmy204 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      I assume he is not a Us citizen. Didn’t Khabby get a DUI a couple years ago in the states when he was playing for Edmonton and even served some jail time. I don’t remember him missing any time.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM

        The Bulin Wall did indeed, in Maricopa County no less. This is great too because we’re still waiting on Big Buff’s sentence. I suppose this is one way to celebrate a big raise.

  2. jrsaffell - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    And all of a sudden Hasek has a job!

  3. nickellbag - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Canadian laws suck when it comes to DUI. A friend and I where on way to a fishing trip (to spread his fathers ashes) north ofThunder Bay and were denied entry because of my friends DUI 5 years earlier. Dui is a felony in canada. Just a bunch of “eh” holes.

    • crosberries - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      If anything US laws for DUI are not strict enough when your putting peoples lives in danger. They take your license away and then the person just drives without a license the next day.

    • elvispocomo - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      You sound like your name, nickellbag. Everyone makes mistakes, but that’s why you can apply for a pardon for offences that would deny you entry into a country. Or he could have not driven after drinking.

      I’d much rather have higher penalties for drunk drivers than the similar position the US has on drugs. Drug offences – even minor ones – can deny a foreigner into the US. I can understand for trafficking and the like but if the US wants to be tough on drugs, then we can be tough on drunk drivers.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:40 PM

      How bout your dink friend doesn’t drink and drive, EH?

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    C’mon save the DUI for Vancouver

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