Winnipeg Jet goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has been convicted of drunk driving following a car accident in his native Czech Republic.
Nova Sport in the Czech Republic first broke the news that Pavelec crashed his BMW M6 at an intersection in Kladno, rear-ending another driver.
No injuries were reported but, according to the report, Pavelec had a blood-alcohol level of .20. That is 2.5 times more than the legal limit of .08 in Canada. It’s even greater in the Czech Republic, where their limit is zero.
Pavelec was given a six-month suspended sentence and has been ordered not to drive for a period of 20 months. The report quotes the judge in the case as saying the 20-month driving ban applies only in the Czech Republic.
The accident took place on May 26th – about a month before Pavelec signed a five-year deal with the Jets that will pay him an average of $3.9 million per season.
Kevin Cheveldayoff, general manager of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, issued the following statement::
"At this time True North Sports & Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club are aware of various, yet still inconsistent, internet reports pertaining to Ondrej Pavelec. We, as an organization, are attempting to gather more information and until such time as we are comfortable and have a full understanding of the situation, we will not be issuing any further comment."