National Hockey League to investigate Lehtera after drug story

National Hockey League to investigate Lehtera after drug story

National Hockey League to investigate Lehtera after drug story

The NHL is investigating Philadelphia Flyers forward Jori Lehtera after a Finnish news outlet reported he was questioned by police in his native Finland about his involvement in a cocaine ring.

A cottage owned by Lehtera was raided by police earlier this summer as part of the investigation, though it's unknown if any evidence was found during the search.

"We will be investigating the situation and will have no further comment pending the completion of that process", National Hockey League deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement to the Courier-Post.

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"They are going to clear some things up because there's some kind of misunderstanding about his case", attorney Ari Nieminen said, adding that his client is only suspected of "very minor" accusations.

According to the report, 23 people are listed as suspects, with seven now in police custody, after arrests were made over the summer at Lehtera's lake cottage in Tampere. No charges have been filed against him and he's reportedly denied all wrongdoing. A spokeswoman for the police department did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Last season, Lehtera had three goals and five assists in 62 games.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall has released a statement saying the team has spoken to Lehtera and the league about the reports and they'll reserve any further comment.

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