NHL's Staal brothers arrested in Minnesota
Hockey brothers Eric and Jordan Staal are in some hot water following a raucous weekend party.
Eric, a 22-year-old Carolina Hurricanes forward, and Jordan, an 18-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins forward, were among 14 men arrested and charged with disorderly conduct early Saturday morning after police responded to noise complaints at a Minnesota resort.
The men were gathered at Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas in Lutsen, Minn., about 90 minutes south of the Staals' hometown of Thunder Bay, Ont.,for a bachelor party in honour of Eric, who is to be married in August.
Eric was among the 10 who spent the night in jail. Jordan was released after booking but not before being charged with consumption of alcohol while under 21 years of age, in addition to disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process.
"I'm sure that everyone involved is embarrassed about the incident— as they should be," Rick Curran, the agent for both players, told the Canadian Press on Wednesday. "Not to take anything away from the seriousness of it, it's what can happen when you get any group of 15 to 20 people together and there's loud noise."
"It was a bachelor's party gone awry," said a Lutsen Resort employee, who did not want to give her name.
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said in a written statement to the Associated Press that he had only limited information about the incident and would monitor the situation, "but I don't see it being an issue that affects us as it stands now."
Penguins GM Ray Shero said the team was "recently made aware of the situation involving Jordan, have reached out to him and are continuing to gather information. At this point, we all have to let the legal process play out. We will have no further comment at this time."
Police began receiving complaints at 12:30 a.m. of "approximately 20 people screaming, yelling, and playing loud music," according to a release from the Cook County Sheriff's Office sent out Wednesday. The group was warned by police around 12:50 a.m. to quiet down "or they may be removed from the property, issued citations/arrested, and/or deported from the country."
Staals obeyed first warning, agent says
Curran said both players were among those who obeyed the first police warning.
"Unfortunately, those that did get up and go to bed when first warned about the noise, including Eric and Jordan, are still among those that were woken up and asked to leave the hotel," Curran said.
Around 3 a.m., according to the sheriff's news release, the group was ordered to leave the resort with the help of "Cook County Sheriff deputies, a Minnesota state patrol trooper, and a United States border patrol agent.
"After leaving the property, the group gathered on Highway 61 and began harassing passing motorists," the news release said. "At approximately 4 a.m. the suspects were placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. Some of the suspects fled into the nearby woods."
Eric Staal, a three-year veteran who won the 2006 Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes, posted 30 goals and 40 assists last season with Carolina.
Jordan scored 29 goals, including an NHL-best seven shorthanded, and added 13 assists last season in his rookie campaign with the Penguins.
With files from the Canadian Press