February 4, 2007
Toews among six minors ticketed in Grand Forks bar
By SUN MEDIA
On and off the ice, Jonathan Toews prides himself on being at the right place at the right time.
But last Sunday in Grand Forks, a night after the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux completed a series sweep over the top-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers, Toews got a reminder of the microscope he's under when he and linemate T.J. Oshie were among a group of six people ticketed for being a minor in a bar.
The Grand Forks Herald reported that Toews won't face further charges and Sioux head coach Dave Hakstol said Toews won't be facing supplemental discipline from the team either.
"If you're going to play sports at a high level, you're going to be subject to a higher level of accountability," Hakstol said in a telephone interview last night. "If there's a pattern, then you have a problem you have to deal with but with Jonathan, there's no pattern.
Grand Forks city prosecutor Kristi Pettit told the Herald UND's Robbie Bina will be charged with trying to help two underage friends escape a police cruiser at the bar.
It's alleged Bina, 24, opened the door of the patrol car where two of the minors were sitting and walked away. One of the minors was from the Fighting Sioux.
Bina will be charged with "escaping custody", a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $1,000 fine or 30 days in jail.