St Louis Blues Winger Kasperi Kapanen apologized after being arrested for drunk driving in his native Finland last month.
The blues confirmed Thursday that Kapanen will be charged with DUI. The 27-year-old made a statement through the team.
“Last month I made an unacceptable error in judgment and take full responsibility for my actions. I apologize to my family blues “I realize the gravity of my mistake and will do everything I can to regain their trust.”
blues Doug Armstrong, president of hockey operations, also commented on the matter to the Toronto Sun.
“We are disappointed by his misjudgment and trust him to make the necessary changes to avoid facing a similar situation in the future,” Armstrong said.
Finnish news agencies reported Thursday that Kapanen’s case will be heard in the district court in Pohjois-Savo, Finland, in February.
Kapanen scored 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in 23 games with St. Louis after being claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 25.
Kapanen was selected by Pittsburgh in the first round of the draft (22nd overall) in 2014. He has 186 points (78 goals, 108 assists) in 387 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs blues.
According to Spotrac, he is scheduled to make $3.2 million in the 2023-24 season and will become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
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