The Winnipeg Jets today confirmed the drunk driving conviction against goalie Ondrej Pavelec, reported Monday.
Pavelec, in a statement, also issued an apology to the organization and Jets fans.
"I’m disappointed in myself for this error in judgment," the 24-year-old said. "I’m thankful no one was injured as a result of my actions. I want to sincerely apologize to our fans, the Winnipeg Jets organization, and to my teammates for any embarrassment this has caused. I’m truly sorry for letting you all down. ”
Pavelec crashed his BMW into a stopped vehicle at an intersection in his hometown of Kladno, Czech Republic, May 26.
At the time he and his agent were negotiating a new five-year, $19.5 million contract with the Jets, a deal that was finalized in late June.
The Jets only found out about his accident and conviction through media reports this week.
"The organization was deeply disappointed to learn of this information yesterday and is fully aware of the seriousness of this matter," read a Jets statement. "We will determine our course of action once we have the chance to meet and discuss with Ondrej in person, which we expect to do at the earliest possible opportunity."
Pavelec was reported to have a blood alcohol level of .2, more than double the legal limit in Manitoba.
He pled guilty June 12 and received a six-month suspended sentence plus a 20-month driving ban.
"The case will be dismissed in 12 months provided I have no alcohol related violations during this time," he said in his statement.