Report: Getzlaf, Perry in alleged nightclub incident
Report: Getzlaf, Perry in alleged incident
Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have been figuratively joined at the hip since the Ducks took the pair with their two first-round selections in the celebrated 2003 NHL draft. The two have won a Stanley Cup together and helped lift each other to stardom.
The two are now in Finland with Team Canada for the IIHF World Championship and, it seems, are getting into it with the locals in the early morning hours.
Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun and QMI Agency reported on an episode in which Getzlaf and Perry and other Canadian players got into a disturbance with drunken Finnish fans at a nightclub following their 5-4 overtime loss to the United States. Reports are that the incident took place at 3 a.m. after Getzlaf, Perry and other players were conversing with former Miss Finland Sara Sieppi and other entertainers.
According to the Sun report, Getzlaf is alleged to have waved his fist at the inebriated patrons and said "you do not want this." Other reports are that the Ducks and current Canada world championship captain proclaimed himself "the captain of the Anaheim Ducks" and that he "threated to knock everyone out in three minutes."
Former Ducks and Toronto general manager Brian Burke came to the defense of Getzlaf on Monday, saying that he was not drunk when he ran into the center at the team hotel where both the U.S. and Canadian squads are staying.
"Getzy was not intoxicated and was not with a woman," Burke said in an e-mail to the newspaper. "We had a brief and pleasant conversation and then I headed to the airport. I don't know what happened early that night. I know what happened at 4:30 a.m. or so."
The early synopsis on this all appears to be some words being thrown back and forth and nothing more. The bigger issue is this appears to be another smudge on Getzlaf's ability to lead a team, especially after his worst season with the Ducks.