Clowe, who has been out of the Sharks' lineup for two months
after undergoing knee surgery, was stopped by police in suburban
Los Gatos for a minor traffic violation. Authorities said the
25-year-old player failed a field sobriety test and was booked into
the Santa Clara County jail.
"I am embarrassed by what happened, but take full
responsibility for this regrettable mistake," Clowe said. "For
situations like I faced last evening, our team has a very clear
alternative transportation policy in place. I failed to follow it,
and for that I am deeply sorry."
Clowe, who was released later Monday, is the second Sharks
player in two seasons to be arrested on suspicion of drunken
driving despite a specific team policy to prevent it. The
organization guarantees reimbursement for a taxi or car service to
any Sharks player or staff member who needs transportation.
"While we are extremely disappointed by his error in judgment,
Ryane has stepped up and acknowledged that he made a serious
mistake and is preparing to take responsibility for his actions,"
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said.
Former Sharks forward Mark Bell was arrested over the Labor Day
weekend last year after he drove his rented car into a pickup truck
at a stop sign in Milpitas, a town in the San Jose foothills. The
driver of the pickup required stitches to close a gash in his head.
Bell, who was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer,
pleaded no contest to drunken-driving charges last September and
was sentenced to six months in jail. He will begin serving his time
after the NHL season ends.
Clowe, who's in his second full season with the Sharks, had
three goals and three assists in 11 games this season before
tearing several ligaments in his knee during a game against
Columbus on Oct. 27. He earned a regular job in San Jose last
season with career highs of 16 goals, 18 assists and 78 penalty
minutes in just 58 games.
The Newfoundland native is a fan favorite for his hard-nosed
style, and his presence has been missed on San Jose's power play.
He had begun traveling with the Sharks again in recent weeks, but
the team had no timetable for his return.