Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin sentenced to 30 days in jail for DUI arrest

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has been sentenced to 30 days in jail stemming from his Arizona drunken-driving conviction.

The four-time all-star received the sentence Tuesday in Scottsdale City Court. He also was fined US$5,100 and must enrol in an alcohol-treatment program.

He was ordered to report to jail Saturday, but that could be delayed because he’s appealing his sentence.

“He’s made a mistake,” said Oilers GM Steve Tambellini during a press conference Tuesday. “Let me assure you this organization is treating this very seriously.

“As far as any discussion on discipline … all that has to wait. Can he come to training camp at this point? Yes.”

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The 37-year-old played for Phoenix from 1996-99 and still has a home in Paradise Valley. He was pulled over in his Ferrari on Feb. 8, after the car was clocked at 110 km/h in a 70 km/h zone.

Police said an officer smelled alcohol and Khabibulin was arrested after a field sobriety test.

Khabibulin signed a four-year, $15 million deal with Edmonton last year.

—With files from The Canadian Press