Guilty verdict in Khabibulin impaired driving trial

The Canadian Press
8/27/2010 10:59:52 PM
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Edmonton Oilers' goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was convicted Friday of three charges related to drunk driving and speeding in Arizona earlier this year.

The four-time all-star could face up to six months in jail when he is sentenced Tuesday.

Khabibulin was also found guilty of excessive speeding. His lawyer, Mark Dubeil, said in an email that one charge of impaired to the slight degree was dismissed.

Police said when Khabibulin was pulled over on Feb. 8, his blood alcohol content was .164, over twice the state limit.

Court documents indicated he was clocked going 110 kilometres per hour in a 70 km/h zone in his Ferrari.

The 37-year-old played for Phoenix from 1996-99 and still has a home in Paradise Valley.

The offences carry a minimum jail sentence of 30 days or a maximum sentence of six months.

Khabibulin signed with the Edmonton Oilers last year with a US$15-million, four-year contract.

He played just 18 games before suffering a back injury which required surgery in January.

Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said in a news release the team respects the court's decision.

"Both Nikolai and the Oilers organization recognize the severity of what has transpired," said Tambellini. "We plan on meeting with Nikolai, his agent and the National Hockey League in the near future."

The release said no further comment will be made until after the sentence is handed down.

-with files from the Associated Press.

Nikolai Khabibulin (Photo: Scott Cunningham/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Scott Cunningham/NHLI via Getty Images)
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