Nikolai Khabibulin: Edmonton Oiler Faces Possible Six Months In Prison

August 28th, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
Edmonton Oilers' Nikolai Khabibulin was found guilty Friday on three charges related to a drunk driving arrest in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Police pulled over Khabibulin February 8, after he was clocked driving his Ferrari 70 m.p.h. in a residential neighborhood. 

Khabibulin underwent a field sobriety test. His blood alcohol level was found to be .164, more than twice the legal limit.  Khabibulin was arrested shortly before 1 a.m.

The charges levied against the goaltender were "extreme" driving, driving under the influence, excessive speeding, and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level of over 0.08.

Khabibulin will be sentenced on Tuesday. The charge of "extreme" drunk driving carries a minimum sentence of 30-days. The maximum amount of prison time he could face is six months.

Edmonton signed goaltender Martin Gerber to a one-year deal in early August. Rumors swirled that the Gerber signing was due to fears from the Oilers that Khabibulin would face prison time.

Khabibulin is under contract with the Oilers until the end of the 2013-14 season.

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