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Halifax Mooseheads forward charged with impaired driving, GM says he ‘made a mistake’


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A source told Metro Halifax that 19-year-old forward Brandon Vuic was arrested after a collision on a residential Dartmouth street late last Tuesday night.

Halifax Regional Police aren’t releasing the suspect’s name, but confirmed Monday they charged a 19-year-old man who lives in Dartmouth with impaired driving and consuming over the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol following an a crash Oct. 7 at about 10:50 p.m. on Freshwater Trail. Officers arrested the man on scene.

The parked car was heavily damaged and an empty liquor bottle was allegedly found in the accused’s vehicle, another source told Metro Halifax.

Vuic was listed as a healthy scratch for all three Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games the Halifax Mooseheads played this past weekend, including Friday night’s home game and two contests on the road.

Mooseheads management hasn’t decided whether Vuic will be suspended, Russell said.

“That’s up to us,” he said. “He didn’t play this weekend, and that’s something that we’ll be evaluating.”

Russell couldn’t comment on the “ongoing investigation,” but admitted Vuic “made a mistake.”

The suspect is due in Dartmouth provincial court at a later date to face the charges, Halifax Regional Police said.

Originally from Hamilton, Ont., Vuic joined the Mooseheads midway through last season after playing junior hockey in his home province.

Best known for his fighting, the left-winger had three goals and 72 penalty minutes in 23 games for Halifax last season.

This season he has played in eight games, recording no points and 21 penalty minutes.

“This is uncharted territory for us, so we’re kind of feeling our way through it, but we’re going to use all means possible to help him get through this,” Russell said.

“We’re definitely not turning our back on him.” – with files from Philip Croucher

A source told Metro Halifax that 19-year-old forward Brandon Vuic was arrested after a collision on a residential Dartmouth street late last Tuesday night.

Halifax Regional Police aren’t releasing the suspect’s name, but confirmed Monday they charged a 19-year-old man who lives in Dartmouth with impaired driving and consuming over the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol following an a crash Oct. 7 at about 10:50 p.m. on Freshwater Trail. Officers arrested the man on scene.

The parked car was heavily damaged and an empty liquor bottle was allegedly found in the accused’s vehicle, another source told Metro Halifax.

Vuic was listed as a healthy scratch for all three Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games the Halifax Mooseheads played this past weekend, including Friday night’s home game and two contests on the road.

Mooseheads management hasn’t decided whether Vuic will be suspended, Russell said.

“That’s up to us,” he said. “He didn’t play this weekend, and that’s something that we’ll be evaluating.”

Russell couldn’t comment on the “ongoing investigation,” but admitted Vuic “made a mistake.”

The suspect is due in Dartmouth provincial court at a later date to face the charges, Halifax Regional Police said.

Originally from Hamilton, Ont., Vuic joined the Mooseheads midway through last season after playing junior hockey in his home province.

Best known for his fighting, the left-winger had three goals and 72 penalty minutes in 23 games for Halifax last season.

This season he has played in eight games, recording no points and 21 penalty minutes.

“This is uncharted territory for us, so we’re kind of feeling our way through it, but we’re going to use all means possible to help him get through this,” Russell said.

“We’re definitely not turning our back on him.” – with files from Philip Croucher

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