Pavelec Issues Apology to Fans

Pavelec Issues Apology to Fans

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec throws his stick to fans after playing the Tampa Bay Lightning in their final NHL game of the season at MTS Centre on Saturday, April 7, 2012. (FRED GREENSLADE / REUTERS FILE)

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has issued an apology to fans after it was confirmed he was involved in a DUI in his native Czech Republic in May.

“On May 26, 2012, I was involved in a traffic accident in the Czech Republic. There were no injuries. Police arrived at the scene and I agreed to a blood alcohol test.

“On June 12, my attorney appeared in court on my behalf and submitted a plea of guilty at the first proceeding. The court issued a six month suspended sentence and suspended my driver’s license for 20 months in the Czech Republic. The case will be dismissed in 12 months provided I have no alcohol related violations during this time.

“I’m disappointed in myself for this error in judgment. I’m thankful no one was injured as a result of my actions. I want to sincerely apologize to our fans, the Winnipeg Jets organization, and to my teammates for any embarrassment this has caused. I’m truly sorry for letting you all down. ”

The Winnipeg Jets organization said they were disappointed in Pavelec’s actions and will be discussing the matter with him at their first opportunity.

-Staff

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