Boston Bruins legend Ray Bourque addressed the public Sunday after being charged in an OUI crash.
"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory. I am not happy about the situation I put myself into on Friday Night," Bourque wrote in a statement released by Celebrity Marketing, Inc. "I am a very proud person that accepts the responsibility of my actions and have always accepted being in the media eye. I have used this popularity to try and positively impact as many lives as possible."
While he stopped short of apologizing, Bourque expressed gratitude that no one was injured in the crash.
"I am happy no one was hurt in the accident and thank everyone who has reached out in support of my family and me," he wrote. "Please be patient as I go through this process and respect my family and my privacy. Thank you all for understanding."
Police say Bourque was drunk when he rear-ended a minivan Friday night in Andover, Massachusetts. He is due to be arraigned Tuesday at Lawrence District Court. No attorney information was immediately available.
A hockey hall of famer since 2004, Bourque played 21 seasons as an NHL defenseman, spending all but his final 94 games with the Bruins. In 1,518 games, Bourque amassed 1,506 points — a combination of his 395 goals and 1,111 assists.
The Bruins have declined to comment.