Nate Hagemo of Team USA handles the puck against Team Czech Republic during the bronze medal game at the World Jr. Hockey tournament at the Ralph Englestad Arena on January 4, 2005. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Former Minnesota Golden Gophers defenseman and Carolina Hurricanes draft pick Nate Hagemo was arrested in Minneapolis earlier this week on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia.
Hagemo was sitting in a vehicle in an area known for car-to-car drug activity when police approached. According to reports, police found syringes and other items associated with heroine use.
The 21-year-old had retired from hockey last season after unsuccessful shoulder surgery. He was drafted in the second round (58th overall) of the 2005 draft by Carolina after an impressive rookie campaign at the University of Minnesota, where he posted 10 points in 29 games from the blueline.
Before that, Hagemo had played on the vaunted U.S. NTDP team, where his teammates included current NHLers Jack Johnson, Phil Kessel and Peter Mueller. Hagemo had also played a year of high school hockey in his native Minnesota with the Academy of Holy Angels.
According to the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Hagemo has been arrested on several other occasions since 2006 – once for attempting to burglarize a house. He had also lost his driver’s license after several other run-ins with the law.
Charges against Hagemo have not yet been announced.