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.