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“Superdrunk” Prospect

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

Riley Sheahan, the Detroit Red Wings No 1 pick in the 2010 NHL draft who's currently with the Grand Rapids Griffins, was arrested Oct. 29 for driving with a "superdrunk" alcohol content more than two times the legal limit.

Sheahan, 20, was arrested and charged with driving with a blood-alcohol content of .17 or higher and providing false information after he was stopped going the wrong way on Ottawa Avenue, near Pearl Street, shortly before midnight on Monday, Oct. 29, according to Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Allen Noles.

The blood-alcohol charge, under what is also known as the “super drunk” law, could carry up to 180 days in jail with a conviction.


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SYF's avatar

Maybe D-Mac oughta straighten out his ass.

Posted by SYF from Ball's Hill on 11/13/12 at 05:42 PM ET


There was a time when many Sabres fans like myself would have loved to have Sheahan in the pipeline. In fact, Darcy Regier was openly lamenting not having the opportunity to draft him. He’s been playing well for the Griffs and could still be great for the Wings, but there’s no question this is a blot on his record when it comes to a kid who was supposed to be a character guy.

Posted by MJPalis from Annapolis, MD on 11/13/12 at 05:47 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Maybe D-Mac oughta straighten out his ass.

Posted by SYF from The Purveyors of the Perfect Pint on 11/13/12 at 05:42 PM ET

Heh, my first thought was “Oh no, not another D-Mac…”

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 11/13/12 at 06:03 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Darcy Regier was openly lamenting not having the opportunity to draft him.

Ive been lamenting that fact as well, ever since Detroit wasted a 1st rounder on him.  If Darcy wants him so bad, lets do Grigorenko for Sheahan and call it even.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 11/13/12 at 06:10 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Heh, my first thought was “Oh no, not another D-Mac…”

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 11/13/12 at 06:03 PM ET

Knew that Brendan Smith had trouble with the sauce and thankfully, cleaned up, but this is getting ridiculous.

Posted by SYF from Ball's Hill on 11/13/12 at 06:12 PM ET


but this is getting ridiculous.

Yeah, who would ever think a kid would drink under age!

Posted by Garth on 11/13/12 at 07:15 PM ET


Yeah, who would ever think a kid would drink under age!

Hitting a .17+ BA and being 20 means he actually likely drunk his age.

And by the way, a .17+ is really, really drunk.  Like, blackout-level drunk.  That’s not ‘innocent drinking’, that’s out of control super-binge drinking, and then compounding that with the awfully stupid decision to get behind the wheel.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 11/13/12 at 07:32 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Maybe D-Mac oughta straighten out his ass.

Maybe D-Mac and Tootoo should both sit down with the kid.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/13/12 at 07:55 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

I thought Riley already had ‘maturity’ issues at ND.  Looks like he’s in it for the long hall. Sigh.

Posted by MoreShoot on 11/13/12 at 08:00 PM ET


The climate today is so anti DWI that anyone who plans on having even a couple of drinks should leave the car home.

DWI laws have changed.  the drunker you are the greater the charge against you, and God forbid you have an accident even if you only had one drink.

The kid should know better.  Take a cab.

Posted by 13 user names on 11/13/12 at 09:18 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Well, first of all, let’s not overreact in terms of the “character issues” narrative, because most kids do stupid things at that age. Maybe not this stupid, but pretty stupid. Most just don’t get caught.

That being said, if the report is true, he should be throw in jail. Not really any excuse for getting in a car after drinking in this day and age. Everyone knows the laws. Everyone knows the dangers of drunk driving. And even in a city like Grand Rapids, you can call a cab and wait. Not that hard. Not expensive.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 11/14/12 at 07:53 AM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

wtf “Super Drunk” is a real term now and has a law named after it?  I think that’s “Turbo Dumb”

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 11/14/12 at 08:58 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

Let us not forget that a DUI makes it exponentially more difficult for NHL players since a conviction can bar someone from crossing the US/CAN border. That makes this stupid decision MONUMENTALLY stupid.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 11/14/12 at 10:40 AM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Quite a shame, considering he’s been one of the best Griffins so far this year. Hopefully he learns from this and it doesn’t bite him in the ass.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 11/14/12 at 03:59 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Maybe he can file civil suits against Fehr and Bettman.  The lockout is close to making ME drink and I’m just a fan.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 11/15/12 at 05:12 PM ET

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