EMERSON, Man.—Police in Manitoba have charged NHL player Mike Richards with possession of a controlled substance.
The RCMP say he is due to appear in provincial court in Emerson, Man., on Sept. 10.
Police say a 30-year-old male was arrested and released on June 17 after the Emerson RCMP detachment was notified that a controlled substance had been intercepted by Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Emerson port of entry.
Richards was formally charged on Tuesday, according to a news release from the RCMP.
The native of Kenora, Ont., is currently a free agent after the Los Angeles Kings terminated his contract earlier this summer, citing a “material breach” of that contract.
The NHL Players’ Association has filed a grievance on behalf of Richards against the Kings contesting that termination.
The NHLPA said a date to hear his grievance has not been set.