According to a report in Sportbladet, a Swedish sports newspaper, New York Islanders defenseman Sebastian Aho was arrested on August 13th for driving under the influence.
The incident occurred in Sundsvall, and Aho had an alcohol level of 0.03, above the legal limit in Sweden of 0.02. Aho is quoted in the story [translated from Swedish], stating, "I deeply regret and [will] learn from this mistake."
The team released the following statement via social media Wednesday night:
In what was viewed as a somewhat surprising move earlier this summer, the 2017 5th-round draft pick signed a two-year deal on July 22nd to stay with the Islanders and compete for a spot on the third pairing. The 26-year-old played a career-high 36 games last season, scoring 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and averaging 16:27 minutes per game.
"I was on vacation with my family and some of our friends. One of the evenings we went out to dinner together. At 10 o'clock in the morning the next day, we were going to continue our holiday and I was then stopped in a random sample check and it was over the limit"- Sebastian Aho as to told to Norran
A 2019 AHL All-Star, Aho was expected to compete with Robin Salo, and newly signed Dennis Cholowski during training camp for the sixth and final position on the team's blue line as GM Lou Lamoriello indicated the preference was to stay internal to round out the defense.
Per the Islanders' statement "Sebastian apologizes for his mistake and as an organization, we will work with him to make sure this never happens again."