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Kasperi Kapanen Reportedly in Legal Trouble in his Home Country


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TJ Tucker
September 7, 2023  (4:09 PM)
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A report out of Finland states Kasperi Kapenen of the St. Louis Blues is facing some legal trouble in his home country. According to Yle.fi, Kapanen is the suspect in an alleged drunk driving case.

Yle states court documents were filed in North Savo District Court on August 23rd, and the case will be heard in court in February of 2024.
"The prosecutor will not comment to Yle on the course of events before the case becomes public in the court hearing in February. Yle has not been able to reach Kapas or his agent Markus Lehto for comment. - Yle.fi

Yle says the charge in the case is aggravated drunk driving.
"Drunk driving is aggravated if the driver's blood alcohol concentration is at least 1.2 per mille or he has at least 0.53 milligrams of alcohol per liter of blood while driving.

You are also guilty of aggravated drunk driving if you have used, for example, intoxicating substances in such a way that your ability to drive is noticeably impaired, and the circumstances are such that the crime is capable of causing a danger to the safety of another person."

A first round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014, Kapanen has had a tough time living up to expectations that come along with that in the NHL. The forward has played 387 games since then, with 78 goals and 186 points. Despite being drafted by the Pens, he started his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he spent four seasons before being traded back to Pittsburgh. He was placed on waivers in 2022-23 and picked up by the St. Louis Blues. Kapanen has just one season remaining on his current contract, with a cap hit of $3.2 million.
Source: Yle.fi
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