||[Jan. 25th, 2005|04:08 pm]
Manly Coral Springs
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Police say Colorado Avalanche forward Peter Worrell identified himself as his friend and former teammate, Andreas Lilja, when he was arrested for a traffic violation last month.|
Worrell is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest without violence. His attorney, Mitchell Polay, declined to comment Tuesday.
Lilja was playing hockey in Sweden at the time. He and Worrell were teammates with the Florida Panthers in 2002-03.
Driving an SUV owned by Lilja, Worrell was pulled over at 2 a.m. Dec. 6 in Pompano Beach because the vehicle had an expired tag, according to an arrest report from the Broward County Sheriff's Department. Worrell repeatedly identified himself as Lilja, Deputy Lionel Davis wrote in his report.
Worrell, at 6-foot-7 one of the NHL's toughest enforcers, is among the league's few black players. Lilja, 6-foot-3, is a defenseman from Sweden.
"After asking the defendant several times his name, Worrell continued to deliberately falsify and obstruct my investigation," Davis wrote. The officer said he cleared up the misidentification when he found Worrell's passport in the SUV.
The case is the latest in series of legal problems for Worrell, who lives in Coral Springs.
He has had his license suspended twice because of two convictions for drunken driving. In June 2002, he was arrested for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and criminal mischief for kicking a police car's window off its track. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 10 days in jail.
Because of the NHL lockout, Lilja has yet to play for his latest team, the Nashville Predators.
Reminds me of the days I'd kick my brother's ass in NHL 2003 with an aggressive Worrell and a sorely overrated Liljia. I also think back to the times I met both.
Above all, though, this just shows you that Coral Springs is falling apart. Carson dies and now an infamous Springs hero is in trouble.