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Maple Leafs’ Komarov reportedly charged with dangerous driving in Finland

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Maple Leafs’ Komarov reportedly charged with dangerous driving in Finland

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According to a report out of Finland, Toronto Maple Leafs left winger Leo Komarov has been charged with dangerous driving and could be sentenced to jail time. Komarov, 28, signed a four-year, $11.8 million deal with the Maple Leafs in July 2014.

Toronto Maple Leafs left winger Leo Komarov, 28, has reportedly found himself in some legal trouble back in his home country of Finland.

According to the Helsingin Sanomat, a daily subscription newspaper in Finland, and based off of a loose translation, Komarov has been slapped with two traffic charges and two fraud charges in Espoo District Court.

The charges, according to the report, stem from an alleged incident of dangerous driving and Komarov reportedly providing false information about his income to authorities. In Finland, traffic tickets and other fines can be based on income, which has resulted in some pricy punishments in the past, like a 39,000 euro ticket Teemu Selanne was hit with in 2000 for reckless driving. According to the Sanomat, Komarov’s alleged traffic crimes could be punishable, “by fines or up to six months in jail,” whereas the fraud charge can carry up to three months behind bars. 

The trial for Komarov is scheduled to take place in August. When asked for comment by Sanomat, Komarov told reporter Lasse Kerkela he didn’t have anything to say at this time.

This past season with the Maple Leafs, Komarov turned in his career-best performance in the NHL. In 62 games, the 5-foot-10 depth winger scored eight goals and 26 points while averaging close to 15 minutes of ice time per game.

Following the season, Komarov suited up for Finland at the World Championship, notching two goals and three points in seven games.

Komarov was drafted by Toronto in the sixth round, 180th overall, in 2006. Before coming back to Toronto, where he played during the 2012-13 season, Komarov spent one season with the KHL’s Dynamo Moscow, the KHL club he had played with in the years prior to coming to North America for the lockout-shortened campaign. He signed a four-year, $11.8 million deal with the Maple Leafs on July 1, 2014.

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Maple Leafs’ Komarov reportedly charged with dangerous driving in Finland