Out-of-work NHLer Jiri Hudler accused of demanding cocaine on flight
Jiri Hudler, currently out of an NHL job, might find his employment prospects irreparably damaged due to some alarming allegations regarding his belligerent behavior on a recent flight.
Hudler is accused of demanding cocaine from a flight attendant and attempting to urinate on a food cart during a flight from New York to Prague. The Czech Republic-born winger also is accused of doing cocaine in the airplane’s bathroom as well, according to a report from a Czech newspaper Blesk.
The reports indicates that the flight attendant understood Hudler’s demand for “coke” to mean he wanted a soda, but that evidently wasn’t the case. Hudler, who according to a fellow traveler appeared heavily intoxicated, then threatened the flight attendant, saying he would have his friends killer her upon landing in Prague.
Hudler, 33, denied the allegations to Plesk, referring to the situation as “just a small incident.” Despite Hudler’s claims, police are said to be investigating the matter.
Hudler has played for the Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars in his 12-year NHL career. In 32 games with the Stars during the 2016-17 season, Hudler three goals and eight assists.
It merits noting that Hudler was awarded the Lady Byng Trophy by the NHL in 2015, which is given to the “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
Demanding cocaine and attempting to urinate on a food cart during a transatlantic flight is not conduct befitting those kind of accolades. Obviously.