Jets' Dustin Byfuglien arrested

Updated: September 1, 2011, 6:10 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MINNEAPOLIS -- Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has been arrested in Minnesota on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.

Hennepin County Sheriff's officials say the 26-year-old Byfuglien was arrested Wednesday on Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior, Minn.. A statement from the sheriff's department says he refused to submit to a blood or urine test.

Dustin Byfuglien
Byfuglien's mug shot from sheriff's office.

He was released from the Hennepin County jail early Thursday. He has not been formally charged. The sheriff's department statement said the case will be presented to the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District attorney for consideration of charges.

Byfuglien, a Minnesota native who spends his offseasons there, was on the Chicago Blackhawks team that won the Stanley Cup in 2010. He then was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers, which were relocated to Winnipeg in the offseason.

Officials with the Jets were looking into the incident Thursday but had no comment, and efforts by ESPN.com to reach Byfuglien's agent, Ben Hankinson, were unsuccessful as of Thursday morning.

Byfuglien had 20 goals and 33 assists in 81 games with the Thrashers last year. He has played 341 NHL games in his career, scoring 75 goals and 87 assists.

Information from ESPN.com's Scott Burnside and The Associated Press was used in this report.