Toews apologizes for being underage in bar

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Canadian junior hockey hero Jonathan Toews apologized yesterday for his role in an incident at a bar in Grand Forks, N.D., last week.

Toews, an 18-year-old University of North Dakota star from Winnipeg, was cited for being a minor in Judy's Tavern on Jan. 28. The legal drinking age in North Dakota is 21.

"I would like to apologize to the UND community and young Fighting Sioux hockey fans as well as my teammates for my selfish actions," Toews said in a statement.

"I have taken complete responsibility for what has happened and I hope that the focus can be restored upon my teammates and the rest of the 2006-07 Fighting Sioux hockey season."

Toews, a draft choice of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, led Canada to a gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Sweden last month, scoring three times in the shootout of the semifinal against the United States and also scoring in the championship game against Russia.

Two other members of the UND Fighting Sioux were also charged in the incident, including Robbie Bina and T.J. Oshie. Bina, 24, faced a charge of escaping custody after allegedly opening the door of a police car to let two underage friends out, while Oshie was also cited for being underage.

The players also face disciplinary action from the university, although that action will not be made public.


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