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Former Leaf lands himself in some legal trouble in Finland

Published September 7, 2023 at 7:10 PM
BY RYAN SMITHERAM

Former Toronto Maple Leaf Kasperi Kapanen appears to be in some potential legal trouble in Finland as the 27-year-old is suspected of aggravated drunk driving. The case was initially heard before the district court on August 23rd and is slated to go to a hearing in February of next year. So far, neither Kapanen nor his agent, Marus Lehto, have made any comments about the situation. In Finland, drunk driving is considered aggravated if a person's driving is being affected or if a person's blood alcohol level is over the legal limit.

Kapanen was originally drafted by the Penguins before being acquired by the Leafs in the infamous Phil Kessel trade. He spent the first 5 years of his NHL career with the Leafs, but was ultimately traded back to Pittsburgh ahead of the 2020-21 season for what some believe were attitude-related reaosns. Currently a member of the St. Louis Blues, Kapanen has skated in 387 career games and has registered 78 goals and 186 points.

The former first round pick in 2014 has also represented Finland a handful of times internationally. He last represented Finland at the 2018 World Championships and before that won gold at the World Junior Championships in 2016.



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