Trial set in Byfuglien’s Minnesota impaired boating case 20 Apr 12

Minneapolis, Minn. (AP) – Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien faces a July trial in a drunken boating case in Minnesota.

Byfuglien’s attorney, Mitch Robinson, says a trial date was set for July 23 after he and prosecutors couldn’t reach a plea deal Thursday during a pretrial hearing in Hennepin County.

Byfuglien is accused of boating while intoxicated and other charges stemming from an August 31 incident on Lake Minnetonka. He was stopped because the boat’s navigational lights weren’t on.

Byfuglien, a Minnesota native, was on the Chicago Blackhawks team that won the Stanley Cup in 20120. He was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in a salary dump, and the franchise was relocated to Winnipeg in the offseason.

Robinson says Byfuglien will attend the trial. He expects it will last about a week.