Ian White, a former NHL defenseman who last appeared with the Detroit Red Wings in 2012-13, was arrested in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Friday according to Rick Westhead of TSN. White is facing charges tied to multiple weapons-related offenses according to the report.
Ian White, 31, faces two charges of careless use or storage of a firearm or a prohibited device, and single charges of unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in an unauthorized place, unauthorized importing of a prohibited or restricted firearm, and breach of a recognizance.
Justice sources told the Free Press police searched White’s home Nov. 20 with a warrant to look for restricted guns. They allegedly found a handgun in a duffel bag. It had nine rounds of ammunition loaded and one round in the chamber. Police also found another, unloaded, handgun in a backpack in White’s home and found more guns during a subsequent search of his cabin.
TSN reported Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Eric Hofley said White was remanded into custody after his arrest and was scheduled to appear before a magistrate on Saturday, but it wasn’t known whether White has been released on bail.
White, who participated in the Winnipeg Jets’ 2013 training camp but failed to make the team, last played in the NHL with Detroit in 2012-13.
Last season, he played 42 games in the AHL with the Providence Bruins and the Milwaukee Admirals.
In the NHL, White appeared in 503 games with Toronto, Calgary, Carolina, San Jose and Detroit. White was a sixth-round draft pick of Toronto in 2002.
He was arrested for impaired driving in 2005 and charged with driving while disqualified after Toronto police stopped him for not wearing his seatbelt before a Leafs’ game in 2006.
According to Canada’s Criminal Code, White faces a maximum of two years in prison for each careless use charge, up to five years in prison for the unauthorized possession charge, up to five years in prison for possession a firearm in an unauthorized place, up to five years in prison for unauthorized importing of a firearm and up to four years in prison for a breach of recognizance.
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