NHL Forward Slapped with $117,000 Fine for Drunk Driving Incident

Published February 11, 2024 at 5:34 PM

St. Louis Blues player Kasperi Kapanen is facing a significant fine after being caught driving under the influence in Finland last August.

The court opted for a hefty fine rather than jail time for the former Toronto Maple Leafs player. Reports indicate that Kapanen was speeding and exceeded the legal alcohol limit when he was pulled over near the airport and subjected to a breathalyzer test.

Kapanen confessed to having consumed alcohol before boarding a plane at Helsinki airport. He expressed remorse for his actions in September, taking full accountability.

Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014, Kapanen began his NHL journey with the Toronto Maple Leafs. After a brief stint with the Penguins, he joined the St. Louis Blues in 2023.

Reflecting on the incident in September, Kapanen acknowledged his mistake.

«Last month, I made a mistake that cannot be excused, and I take full responsibility for my actions. I apologize to my family, the Blues organization, my teammates, and the fans," he stated. "I understand the gravity of my actions, and I am committed to regaining trust."

"St. Louis #Blues forward Kasperi Kapanen has been fined €108,700 (~$117,000 USD) for a drunk driving charge in Finland last August."

Despite being sidelined with a lower-body injury since January, Kapanen has managed to tally four goals and 13 points in 42 games this season.

Source: Hawksinsider
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NHL Forward Slapped with $117,000 Fine for Drunk Driving Incident

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