Bunz facing drunk driving charges

St. Albert native, Medicine Hat Tigers goalie and Edmonton Oilers draft pick Tyler Bunz has pleaded not guilty to impaired driving charges. (Sun Media News Services)

He’s more used to protecting the net, but Tyler Bunz will now have to protect his reputation against impaired driving charges.

The St. Albert native, who is the starting goalie for the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers and a draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, is facing a pair of drunk driving charges in his hometown stemming from an incident in May, according to the Medicine Hat News.

Bunz has entered a not guilty plea and has a trial scheduled for Monday, March 5, in St. Albert provincial court.

Tigers general manager Bob McEwen told the News that the club would not comment on the matter.

Bunz was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round (121st overall) in the 2010 National Hockey League draft. He was also invited to Hockey Canada’s selection camp for the World Junior Championships this past December, but was not one of the two goalies selected for the tournament, which recently wrapped up in Edmonton and Calgary.

— GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader