White accepts consequences

TERRY KOSHAN, TORONTO SUN

, Last Updated: 1:03 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- Ian White expects there will be scrutiny as a Maple Leaf, perhaps even more so when he screws up off the ice.

White, who a night earlier acknowledged to the Toronto Sun in a brief conversation that he had been charged last week with driving while disqualified, said last night he is trying to forget the original charge, which is much more serious.

Prior to the 2005-06 season, White was charged with impaired driving in Toronto. In September, he was convicted and lost his driver's licence.

"It's in the past now," White said. "If I was just a regular guy it would not be a big deal. (Being in the spotlight) comes with the territory and I have to accept the consequences.

"I am here to play hockey, that is first and foremost. There will be a lot of distractions whether it is that or something else. I have to put it behind me and it is part of being a pro."

White was stopped last Saturday in Toronto before a game against the New Jersey Devils because he was not wearing his seatbelt. That's when police realized his licence had been suspended.

On the ice, White has been able to keep any distractions to a minimum. He had an assist last night, his eighth of the season, in a 7-1 rout of the Washington Capitals. Overall, he has been a good addition to the Leafs blue line.

"He handled it professionally and he handled it well," Leafs coach Paul Maurice said.

Said Leafs general manager John Ferguson: "He made a bad decision (a reference to the impaired charge). He has to make better decisions in the future."


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