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Former Devils star Daneyko arrested on DUI charge

7/19/2006 - New Jersey Devils

SPARTA, N.J. -- Former New Jersey Devils defenseman Ken
Daneyko was arrested for drunken driving in May and will face
charges next month.

The 42-year-old Daneyko retired in 2003 after a 20-year NHL
career, spent entirely with New Jersey. He took a leave from the
Devils during the 1997-98 season to confront an alcohol-abuse
problem.

Daneyko appeared in Sparta Township municipal court Monday to
face charges of driving while intoxicated, careless driving and
failure to maintain lane. The case was not settled and Daneyko is
scheduled to appear again on Aug. 7, township Prosecutor Andrew
Fraser said Wednesday.

If convicted, Daneyko would face a fine of up to $400 and would
be required to take an educational class on drinking and driving.
He also could lose his license for up to a year, pending on the
level of alcohol in his system at the time of his arrest, Fraser
said.

Sparta Township patrolman Marc Rubino stopped Daneyko just after
midnight on May 20 after observing his Toyota Land Cruiser being
driven erratically, Fraser said.

Sparta police did not release details on Daneyko's arrest until
a request from The New Jersey Herald of Newton on Tuesday.

Daneyko, who won Stanley Cup championships with the Devils in
1995, 2000 and 2003, played in a team-record 1,283 regular-season
games.

The Devils retired his No. 3 jersey on March 24, a little more
than a month after retiring the jersey of fellow defenseman Scott
Stevens.

Daneyko spent three months during the 1997-98 season in rehab to
deal with what he called a problem with binge drinking.

"Alcohol is my problem," Daneyko said then after returning to
practice. "I was a binge drinker."