Ondrej Pavelec made countless highlight-of-the-night saves while tending goal for the Winnipeg Jets last winter.

But his next few, which might save his reputation with his employer, teammates, agent, fans, and ultimately help himself, could arguably be the biggest and most important of his career.

The 24-year-old goaltender has come clean on his drunk-driving conviction in the Czech Republic, issuing an apology through the Jets on Tuesday in a statement in which the organization made clear its disappointment in their star.

First, Pavelec confirmed he was involved in a traffic accident in the Czech Republic May 26 and took a breathalyzer test when police arrived. Czech media outlet Nova Sport reported his blood-alcohol level was .20.

Pavelec appeared in court June 12 with his attorney and was given a six-month suspended sentence and had his driver's licence suspended for 20 months. The court ruled the case will be dismissed in 12 months if Pavelec has no alcohol-related violations in that period.

In his statement, Pavelec said:

"I'm disappointed in myself for this error in judgment. I'm thankful no one was injured as a result of my actions. I want to sincerely apologize to our fans, the Winnipeg Jets organization and to my teammates for any embarrassment this has caused. I'm truly sorry for letting you all down."