Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hockey players are drunks

This past week saw a couple NHL players given sentences for drunk driving.

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Mark Bell was suspended indefinitely without pay after being placed into the National Hockey League's substance abuse programme on Tuesday. Last week, Bell pleaded no contest to drunk driving with injury and hit-and-run charges. He will also serve six months in a California jail at the end of the season. The punishment stems from Bell's actions last September when he was a member of the San Jose Sharks. Bell hit a car from behind at an intersection, causing one person to suffer minor cuts and bruises. After the collision, Bell reportedly exited his car and walked to a nearby curb, where he was arrested after being found sitting down. The NHL has just suspended him for the first 15 games of this season.

Jay Bouwmeester of the Florida Panthers pleaded guilty Tuesday to impaired driving and was fined $1,000. Bouwmeester was arrested Aug. 12, 2006, after driving erratically on Edmonton's south side around 4 a.m. An off-duty officer said he had to swerve to avoid getting hit by Bouwmeester's car and later saw the player make an illegal U-Turn across two lanes of traffic. When pulled over, court heard, the former Medicine Hat Tigers star told the officer he knew he was drunk.

Jay and Mark are good NHL players, but they still have a long way to go to be compared to some of the games greats like Kevin Stevens. They can't be mentioned in the same breath as him until they have a few Cup rings to their name. Or have shot blow off a hooker.


Anonymous said...

I think that it is easy to sit back and judge others. I am a huge fan of hockey but I also know these guys are human and do the same stupid things that we do. I am certain that their careers will take a huge blow due to this. Unlike us there every move gets watched and it will no doubt have probably a bigger impact on their career then if it was just a regular person.

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