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Swedish Report: Islanders Sebastian Aho Arrested For Drunk Driving



New York Islanders Sebastian Aho
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 28: New York Islanders Defenseman Sebastian Aho (25) controls the puck during the second period of the National Hockey League game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers on September 28, 2021 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire)

Troubling news has surfaced out of Sweden, as per Norran, New York Islanders defenseman Sebastian Aho was arrested for drunk driving last week in Sundsvall, Sweden.

The New York Islanders have released the following statement:

“We were made aware immediately of the situation regarding Sebastian Aho,” New York Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said.  “We have a copy of the police report indicating that he registered a 0.03 blood alcohol content, which is .01 over Sweden’s legal limit of .02. Sebastian apologizes for his mistake and as an organization, we will work with him to make sure this never happens again.”

The site Sports Badet shared more of the details surrounding the arrest.

Per the report, translated, the incident took place back on the morning of August 13 in Sundsvall, Sweden where Sebastian Aho’s Blood Alcohol Content, otherwise known as BAC, came in at 0.032. 

The limit for drinking and driving in Sweden is .02.

In the United States, the limit for drinking and driving is a .08 BAC so this would not be a crime.

But in Sweden it is.

The 26-year-old Sebastian Aho spoke about the incident and gave Norran a comment.

“I deeply regret and learn from this mistake, and I will definitely never drive a car the day after again,” Aho said.

Per the quote, it seems that Aho drank the night before.

In the report, it states that Aho understands the crime he has committed. The crime “carries a fine of 40 days for a total of SEK 40,000” per Sports Badet, which in American dollars, comes out to $3,371.74.

It is believed that his license has also been suspended.

On July 22, 2022, Aho signed a two-year deal with the New York Islanders and as mentioned was vying to be a regular in the New York Islanders lineup for the first time at the NHL level.

On Tuesday, the New York Islanders signed 24-year-old Dennis Cholowski to a two-year, tw0-way deal as it appeared there would be a three-way fight between Robin Salo, Sebastian Aho, and newcomer Dennis Cholowski for that sixth and final defenseman spot.

Now, the signing of Cholowski makes more sense if Sebastian Aho is unable to participate when the 2022-23 season begins.