Detroit Red Wings 2010 first round draft pick Riley Sheahan was arrested and charged with ‘superdrunk’ driving in Grand Rapids, Mich. on Oct. 29. Details of the arrest first came to light in local news yesterday, almost two weeks after the initial incident.
Michigan law defines ‘superdrunk’ driving as operating a vehicle with a .17 blood alcohol content or higher, twice the legal limit. Penalties can include up to 180 days in jail under this law. Sheahan was also cited for providing false information after being stopped going the wrong way on a one-way street downtown near the Van Andel Arena. The Grand Rapids Griffins have said the matter and all subsequent discipline was dealt with internally. He missed one game immediately after the incident, but has played in all games since then.Sheahan plead not guilty at an arraignment on Nov. 6.
A former Notre Dame University standout who was drafted 21st overall by the Wings in 2010, Sheahan spent a handful of games in the AHL at the end of last season, scoring his first professional goal and earning a one-game call-up to the Red Wings. In his sophomore season, he scored 25 points before turning pro. After a slow start this season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, he has started showing an offensive spark, with a goal against the Milwaukee Admirals on Nov. 7 and two goals against the Rockford Ice Hogs on Nov. 9.
The Red Wings organization has acknowledged they are aware of the incident, and that Sheahan has met with coach Jeff Blashill as well as members of Detroit management. While at Notre Dame, Sheahan also had an alcohol-related arrest as a freshman.