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Wings recall Sheahan from AHL, fourth months after ‘super-drunk’ guilty plea

Apr 6, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

Riley Sheahan

The Detroit Red Wings have recalled prospect Riley Sheahan from AHL Grand Rapids, according to MLive’s Ansar Khan.

Sheahan, 20, gained major notoriety last year when was arrested in October after police found him driving the wrong way down a road…while in possession of AHL Grand Rapids teammate Brendan Smith‘s ID.

Clad in a purple Teletubby costume, Sheahan blew a .30 on his breathalyzer — any blood-alcohol content of .17 or higher designates “super-drunk” according to Michigan law — and had to be sent to a local hospital for clearance, given how high his BAC was.

In early December, Sheahan plead guilty to super-drunk driving charges and was forced to pay a $1,325 fine and agree to complete 49 hours on a work crew.

He was also instructed to attend a victim impact class and serve 12 months of probation.

A remorseful Sheahan spoke with MLive in January, saying he hadn’t consumed alcohol since the incident while expressing regret and embarrassment over the incident.

“It was a terrible decision. I’m paying the consequences for it,” Sheahan said. “There’s so much space in my life now to recover from it and make better decisions, and teach people that they don’t want to go through something like that.”

On the ice, Sheahan has enjoyed a successful campaign, scoring 16G-19A-35PTS for the Griffins this year while recording a plus-7 rating.

The former University of Notre Dame standout was Detroit’s first-round selection at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, taken 21st overall.

  1. jdrew506 - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Drunk driving should never be joked about, however i do think it is amusing that he was in a purple tellatubby outfit while doing it. If he played football instead PTF would be all over this now with all the stories they keep running about gay players comming out.

    • polegojim - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Grow Up and Play Hockey Riley.

      Your balls have dropped… now act like it and get down to seroius business.

      Just that simple.

  2. hypefree10 - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    About damn time.

  3. ryanprzy - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I’m ready for a youth movement here. I like that we’re calling a lot more of the kids up this season compared to season’s past. And there’s more on the way but we need to make room on the roster for them in the next season or two.

  4. mclovinhockey - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Kids these days are making me feel like the future will be dim.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Well it’s not like his generation is the first to get behind the wheel while drunk. It’s been happening since cars went mainstream. Terribly dumb decision but still an opportunity to learn.

  5. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    In other news around the NHL, ?……… Los Angeles Kings over the Oilers 4 – 1

    • govtminion - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      I like to post comments that are totally irrelevant to the article too. Way to go.

  6. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Well it’s been awhile from the last story about the Stanley Cup Champions. Just saying…..

    • esracerx46 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Thats bc the Kings haven’t done anything newsworthy enough to garner a story on. No controversial hits,blowout losses, or blowout wins. Nor are they on any type of significant streak or called up a player that made hilarious/ alarming news of blowing a near death .30 in a teletubbies outfit with a teammates ID. In other news you just won my newly formed Homer of the day award. Tell your team to do something worth writing about somewhere other than the team website and we’ll all give you our opinion.

      • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        While it is totally out of place in this article, winning a game in the playoff race is worth writing about. Unfortunately, pft does not think every game is news worthy.

  7. thehighcountrybear - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Hey kid:

    Maaghty naace to see y’all accept ‘sponsibility for a serious lapse in judgement and fer fixin’ thaangs with the pohlice…

    consider yourself lucky no one was haamed!

    Son, I hate to ask but, ya’all thank ya maaght git ’round to returning mah outfit, it’s a prop in my aaftah hours show…

    it sure can git chilly these naaghts in Texas and I’d laak it baack, soon?

    Take care now, heeah?

    Randy Travis

  8. datsyukdominates - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    He’s been a model citizen since that incident. Lay off the kid, he’s got a pretty good head on his shoulders. He made a major mistake and learned from it, and has proven to management and his peers he deserves a shot at the show.

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