Retired NHL goaltender Ed Belfour was arrested early Tuesday morning at a hotel in Kentucky. Seen above in his mugshot
Police video from former NHL goaltender Ed Belfour’s recent arrest in Kentucky has emerged, showing the 54-year-old Canadian drunkenly sprawled across the floor of a hotel hallway, struggling to get to his feet, slurring his words, and ultimately admitting he was drunk and ‘out of control’.
Belfour was apprehended before 1.30am on January 28 by Bowling Green, Kentucky police on charges of third-degree criminal mischief and alcohol intoxication in a public place.
When police found Belfour, he was ‘clutching a curtain rod that had been ripped out of the dry wall above a window next to him’, according to the citation.
In the bodycam footage, Belfour is seen lying on top of a white curtain that appears to have been pulled off the wall. There also appears to be damage to a door, which Belfour was accused of kicking.
Although Belfour is apologetic throughout, officers would later describe him in their report as being non-compliant.
Although Belfour is apologetic throughout, officers would later describe him in their report as being non-compliant
In the bodycam footage, Belfour is seen lying on top of a white curtain that appears to have been pulled off the wall
One cop makes it sound as if Belfour was resisting as he was being handcuffed, but the footage during this portion of the video is unclear.
‘Listen to me,’ the officer said. ‘Don’t do this.’
Moments earlier Belfour tried to explain his actions.
‘I think probably what happened was I was out of control and someone called police,’ he said.
One of the three officers responded by asking why he was out of control.
‘You been drinking tonight?’ he asked.
‘Right,’ Belfour replied.
One cop makes it sound as if Belfour was resisting as he was being handcuffed, but the footage during this portion of the video is unclear
From there Belfour is taken to the police car before being booked at the Warren County Regional Jail. He has since been released.
The hotel’s drunk and disorderly complaint was made by a caller who had reportedly locked themselves in the spa, near where Belfour was discovered on the building’s second floor.
The caller claimed that Belfour had been drinking downstairs, tried to fight another hotel employee, and struck a glass window in anger before trying to force his way into the spa.
It is not known how much damage Belfour caused.
The Blackhawks reached the Stanley Cup finals in 1992 with Belfour as their top goaltender
Belfour, a Hall of Famer, is best remembered for his years with the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars, playing in the Stanley Cup Finals for both teams, and winning the cup with the latter. He also had a short stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2005-06
Belfour, a Hall of Famer, is best remembered for his years with the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars, playing in the Stanley Cup Finals for both teams, and winning the cup with the latter.
Known as ‘Eddie the Eagle,’ Belfour finished his NHL career with the Panthers in 2007 before a brief tenure in Sweden’s second division. A two-time Vezina Trophy recipient as the NHL’s best goaltender, Belfour also won a pair of Olympic gold medals with Team Canada.
The native Canadian does have a history of unruly public behavior.
In 2000 a woman claimed she became frightened by a drunken Belfour at a Dallas Hotel, where he was arrested by police. Later he allegedly offered officers a ‘$1 billion’ bribe in exchange for his release.
That incident resulted in a misdemeanor charge, to which Belfour pleaded guilty.
He was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence in 2007 with his then-Florida Panthers teammate Ville Peltonen.
Although it is not immediately clear why Belfour was in Kentucky, Belfour does have his own whiskey brand, Belfour Spirits.
‘We are creating more than just another whiskey brand. We take tremendous pride in putting our family name on these spirits,’ Belfour is quoted as saying on the company website.