Flyers forward Lehterä in big trouble, charged in drug-ring

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Flyers have been a mess this season. They have made numerous front office moves, including firing their general manager and head coach.

Now, the team is dealing with some serious news involving one of its own players. Forward Jori Lehterä has been charged on Monday with allegedly buying drugs from a cocaine distribution ring in Finland, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jori Lehterä hits Matt Calvert against the Columbus Blue Jackets
Jori Lehterä hits Matt Calvert against the Columbus Blue Jackets (Getty Images)

He allegedly bought eight grams of cocaine in the summer. Finish Outlet MTV is reporting that the prosecutors are seeing a five-month sentence in jail for Lehterä.

“We understand Lehterä plans to contest the charges,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in an email to Courier-Post’s Dave Isaac. “No current intention to intervene (by the NHL).”

According to a report from Finland, there are 20 defendants in the case. He said on Monday to the Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi that he was innocent in the case.

Lehterä is with the Flyers. They play the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday in Raleigh, North Carolina.

We previously reported in September that he was involved in the drug-ring.

The 31-year-old Helsinki, Finland native was traded to the Flyers on June 23rd, 2017. He was traded with the Blues first-round draft pick and a conditional first-round draft pick in 2018 for Brayden Schenn.

This season, he has appeared in 24 games with the team. He has one goal and two assists for three points. He also has a -5 +/- and 16 PIM.

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