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Khabibulin sentenced to 30 days in jail for DUI in Arizona

TSN.ca Staff

8/31/2010 7:54:37 PM

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin was sentenced to 30 days in prison in a Scottsdale, Arizona courtroom on Tuesday.

The 30-day stay in jail was the minimum sentence Khabibulin could have received under Arizona law. The maximum sentence would have been a six-month jail term.

Khabibulin was found guilty on Friday of three out of four charges against him.

The 37-year-old was pulled over last February while speeding in his black Ferrari in Arizona and was found with a blood alcohol level of at least twice the legal limit in that state. After the blood test, he was cited for an extreme DUI with a blood-alcohol content at .164.

Khabibulin has appealed the decision, which starts a process that could take several months to complete.

"I understand that (Khabibulin) has appealed the conviction and the resulting sentencing has been stayed pending appeal," said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. "I don't expect having any reaction or response until the conclusion of the appeal process."

The Oilers believe Khabibulin will enter a substance abuse program with the NHL. The goalie is expected to be in camp, and the team believes he may travel.

Khabibulin missed most of last season with a back injury. He is entering the second season of a four-year, $15 million contract with the team.