According to media reports, Tampa Bay Lightning left-wing, Ryan Malone was arrest for driving under the influence and possession of cocaine early Saturday.
The 34-year-old Malone was arrested at 5:40 am in Tampa after making a left turn from the center lane and striking a curb, was released on a $2,500 bond. According to police reports, Malone refused to take field sobriety tests. The arresting officer stated that Malone’s breath smelled like alcohol and that he found 1.3 grams of cocaine in one of Malone’s pockets.
Per Lightning general manager, Steve Yzerman in a statement, Malone did not go with the team to Washington to play the Capitals and will not release any further statements.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly stated that the league is aware of the Malone incident, “Under the terms of the collectively bargained joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, Mr. Malone is subject to mandatory evaluation and, if deemed necessary by the Program Doctors, treatment pursuant to the terms of that Program,” Daly said in a release. “His future playing status, both in the near term and during the Playoffs, will be determined in accordance the terms of our SABH Program.”
For the year, Malone has five goals and 10 assists in 57 games for the Lighting. A native of Pittsburgh and former standout of Upper St Clair, Malone is in the sixth year of a seven-year $31 million contract with the Lightning.
For his career, Malone has 179 goals and 191 assists in 641 games for both Tampa and a Stanley Cup title with his hometown Pittsburgh Penguins.