That’s a fun headline, right? The Lightning placed promising prospect Mitch Fadden on unconditional waivers today and plan on releasing the player after a string of character incidents. These incidents culminated with Fadden being arrested and charged with impaired driving, failing to provide a breath sample, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and obstructing a peace officer.
The Salmon Arm Observer reported that after a car was reported as blocking traffic at two separate points at different streets in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. There were a few near-miss collisions reported, and when police finally caught up to him, Fadden got out of the car and was obviously “grossly intoxicated.” He proceeded to refuse the breathilizer and reportedly became violent. He appeared in court for the charges on March 2nd.
Perhaps the best part of this story? All this happened at 1 o-clock in the afternoon. Seriously.
This isn’t the first time Fadden has had off-the-ice issues, according to Steve Yzerman. He didn’t go into more detail with Damian Cristodero, but Yzerman did say that it came to the point where the organization decided to cut all ties with the player and terminate his contract.
Fadden has been an infuriating player for many throughout his tenure with the Lightning. He was selected in the 4th round, 107th overall in the 2007 draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL. In the year of his draft, he was traded to the Hurricanes from the Seattle Thunderbirds for off-the-ice conduct.
A strong, solid, speedy player on the ice, Fadden spent 53 games in 2009-2010 with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, amassing seven goals and 19 points. He played for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL this year and had 15 goals and 51 points in 37 games before being sidelined with a blood clot. He had returned home while recovering in January, which is where the incident occurred.
While he has had strong on-ice performances, off-ice issues have followed Fadden throughout his career. It is always frustrating to see a player get in their own way when they have what it takes to help their team. Yzerman and the rest of the organization have lost their patience.
His next court date is April 12th.