BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - U.S. Customs Agents arrested a former Olympic hockey player at the Peace Bridge, who is wanted in Las Vegas.
Shortly after midnight on Thursday, officers from U.S.Customs and Border Protection stopped John Grahame, a goalie for Cleveland's minor league hockey team, the Lake Erie Monsters, at the Peace Bridge.
Chief Officer for Border Protection Kevin Corsaro said, "A Mr. John Grahame applied for admission here at the Peace Bridge."
Chief Officer Corsaro explained that when officers pulled up Grahame's record for any warrants, "Our primary record checks revealed that Mr. Grahame was wanted in Las Vegas. We notified Las Vegas; they confirmed that the warrant was, in fact, valid."
And at that point, it became clear that John Grahame's night was not going to get any better. Grahame was a goalie for the U.S. Olympic team in 2006 and played in net for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003 when they won the Stanley Cup, and had mixed it up with the Sabres earlier that year. Now, Grahame shares the net-minding job for the Colorado Avalanche's farm club, the Lake Erie Monsters.
Grahame was on the team bus returning to Cleveland from a game they had just played in Hamilton. The Monsters had just lost a close one to the Hamilton Bulldogs, as Grahame watched from the bench. The warrant check showed the 35-year-old Grahame had a felony warrant issued by police in Las Vegas for fraud pending against him. Border Protection officers then took Grahame into custody.
"We then arrested Mr. Grahame on that active warrant and turned him over to Buffalo Police pending extradition back to Las Vegas," said Chief Officer Corsaro.
Grahame was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, where he was being held without bail. Grahame was released Friday night. Sarah Jamieson, Communications Manager with the Lake Erie Monsters, told News 4, "John has resolved his personal matter and is on his way to Cleveland to play tomorrow night."
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