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Former NHL goaltender Ed Belfour charged with criminal mischief and public intoxication

Mike Stephens
NHL analyst
Leafs_BW02_030104--Toronto Maple Leafs Ed Belfour cools off during practise at Air Canada Centre, March 1, 2004. (Photo by Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, police responded to a complaint about a drunk and disorderly individual at the Kentucky Grand Hotel and Spa in Bowling Green, Kentucky. That individual was ultimately identified as Hall of Fame NHL goaltender Ed Belfour.

After officers arrived at the hotel, they found a scene in which Belfour was lying on the floor "clutching a curtain rod that had been ripped out of the dry wall above a window next to him” with the “strong odor of alcohol on his breath.” Belfour was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and alcohol intoxication in a public place. He was reportedly not compliant with officers during the arrest.

At approximately 3:00 a.m. that same morning Belfour was transported to the Warren County Regional Jail.

The details of the incident paint a grim picture. According to the citation taken by the Bowling Green Police Department, Belfour had an altercation with a hotel employee earlier that evening that ended with the former Maple Leaf breaking a glass window. Belfour then made his way to the hotel’s second level and repeatedly attempted to force his way into the spa room.

As the citation notes, the individual who made the original police call had reportedly locked themselves inside the spa room, the door of which Belfour was kicking when police initially found him.

This is not Belfour’s first brush with the law due to alcohol-related events.

In March of 2000, Belfour, then a member of the Dallas Stars, pleaded guilty to a charge of resisting arrest after he put a Dallas hotel security guard in a headlock after guards were called to his room in response to a complaint of disorderly conduct. Upon arrest, Belfour then reportedly offered police officers $1 billion to not take him to jail while in the squad car.

Seven years later, Belfour and then-Florida Panthers teammate, Ville Peltonen were charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer in 2007, when police asked Belfour to leave a Miami nightclub and he reportedly grabbed an officer’s shirt and fell to the ground.

As of now, no court date has been set. Here’s hoping Belfour receives the help he clearly needs.

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