Sunday, February 28, 2010
Reports: Khabibulin faces new charge
ESPN.com news services
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is facing an additional charge of extreme drunken driving in Arizona stemming from his arrest earlier this month, according to multiple media reports.
In Arizona, an additional charge of extreme drunken driving can be brought when a motorist's blood alcohol level exceeds 0.15 percent. The charge is a misdemeanor with a maximum jail sentence of six months.
Khabibulin's is already facing charges of drunken driving and excessive speeding in connection with the arrest.
Scottsdale police say an officer pulled over Khabibulin's Ferrari shortly after midnight on Feb. 8 after the car was clocked at 70 mph in a 45 mph zone. Police say an officer smelled alcohol on Khabibulin and he was arrested after a field sobriety test.
The 37-year-old Khabibulin played for the Phoenix Coyotes from 1996-99 and still has a home in Paradise Valley. He hasn't played since Nov. 16 because of a herniated disk in his back that required surgery last month.
Khabibulin has a 7-2-9 record with a 3.03 goals-against average this season, his first with the Oilers after signing a four-year, $15 million contract last summer. The four-time NHL All-Star has also played for Winnipeg, Chicago and Tampa Bay and helped the Lightning win the Stanley Cup in 2004.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.