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Evgeny Medvedev Facing DUI, Drug Charges: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 14, 2016

Philadelphia Flyers' Evgeny Medvedev in action during an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Matt Slocum/Associated Press

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev has been charged with "driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia" stemming from a police stop, according to Laura McCrystal of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Per McCrystal, Medvedev was officially charged last week after police in Lower Moreland, Pennsylvania, stopped him last month and found his blood alcohol level was more than 0.16 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit.

McCrystal noted the police also cited Medvedev for "driving without a license, disregarding traffic lanes and not using headlights."

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 15 for five misdemeanor charges. 

The 33-year-old spent 13 years playing in the Russian Superleague and Kontinental Hockey League with Mechel Chelyabinsk, Metallurg Serov, Severstal Cherepovets and Ak Bars Kazan.

Medvedev's deal with the Flyers was for only one season. It's unclear what his NHL future could hold. He told Alessandro Seren Rosso of TheHockeyWriters.com in March that he "truly [wants] to keep on playing here," though he did admit there had been no contract negotiations at that point.

The Flyers signed Medvedev in May 2015. He appeared in 45 games this season, recording 12 points with four goals and eight assists while finishing fifth on the team in defensive point shares with 2.3, per Hockey-Reference.com.

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