defenseman Dustin Byfuglien
pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of boating while intoxicated, according to a report by the Canadian Press.
Byfuglien pleaded not guilty to all four charges -- boating while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, refusing to provide a blood or urine sample, failing to display proper lights and failing to provide enough flotation devices for those on board the boat -- stemming from an arrest Aug. 31 on Lake Minnetonka in Hennepin County, Minn.
The 26-year-old defenseman reportedly passed a breathalyzer test, but then refused to give a blood or urine sample because of what his attorney called “bad advice.” Refusing the sample is considered the most serious charge of the four.
A pre-trial hearing is set for Thursday, Feb. 2. Winnipeg is scheduled to play in Tampa, Fla., against the Lightning that day.