Police: U hockey player Haula 'extremely intoxicated,' urinated on street

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2012 - 11:49 PM

Erik Haula was cited for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

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Gophers forward Erik Haula in March 2012

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An "extremely intoxicated" Gophers men's hockey player stood on a street in Stillwater after bar closing time and urinated for others to witness, police said.

Forward Erik Haula, 21, was cited for misdemeanor disorderly conduct early Saturday and then turned over to a friend, whom police described as "somewhat sober."

The officer wrote in his report that he witnessed Haula "urinating while standing on Water Street on the west side of the Freight House [restaurant and bar] in plain view of the bar crowd after bar closing."

The officer also noted in his report that even though "it was clear that he was extremely intoxicated," the 2009 Wild draft choice "was very cooperative. No problems."

Garry Bowman, a spokesman for the Athletic Department, said Friday that "Coach Lucia is aware of the incident. He has spoken to Erik and will handle it as an internal team matter."

Haula, a native of Finland, will be a junior this coming season for the Gophers. He led the team last season with 49 points, scoring 20 goals and earning 29 assists.

He played one season of high school hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minn.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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