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5 Most Embarrassing NHL player arrests

Updated: Sep 6, 2023






Here are five of the most embarrassing player arrests in NHL history.



5 Dustin Byfuglien - Boating DUI


Back in August of 2011, Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets was arrested for operating a boat intoxicated on a lake in Minnesota.


He passed the breathalyzer test, however, he received the criminal charges for refusing to provide a blood or urine sample.


He was then arrested around 11pm on August 31, and would be later released on September 1st pending charges.


Here is an official report from Bleacher Report back on September 1, 2011.




4 Mike Danton - attempted murder via hitman


Back in April of 2004, Danton was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. He attempted to hire a hitman (who ended up being a police dispatcher) to kill his agent David Frost. Both Frost and Danton deny that Frost was the target of the hit, and Danton insists that his father was the primary hit target.


Danton and Frost had an unhealthy relationship leading up to the incident. Danton would go on to serve 90 months in prison, and is currently playing pro hockey in Poland.








3 Claude Giroux - Grabbing a cop's butt


Back on Canada Day in 2014, Giroux got a little too hammered and grabbed the butt of a male officer in Ottawa.


a source said Giroux was arrested for repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer. Alcohol is believed to have been involved. A witness and sources say the incident occurred outside The Great Canadian Cabin in the Byward Market club district.

Giroux wasn't charged with anything, although he spent the night behind bars.





2 Dino Ciccarelli - Indecent exposure



Dino Ciccarelli, a 600-goal-scorer in the NHL, was arrested back on November 25, 1987 at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for exiting his house without any pants on. According to Sports Illustrated.


He was arrested after police observed him outside of his house nude on another occasion and charged him with indecent exposure.


Following the incident, Ciccarelli was sentenced to one year probation and had to perform 50 hours of community service.





1 Riley Sheahan - Drunk driving in a Teletubby costume


On October 30, 2012. Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan was arrested in Grand Rapids, Michigan for Driving Under the Influence while wearing a Teletubby costume. The then 20-year-old had a blood-alcohol level of 0.30, far above the legal amount allowed in the state of Michigan.


Sheahan paid a $1,325 fine, and had to complete 49 hours on a work crew, attend victim impact classes and serve a 12 month probation.

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