The NHL really seems to be cementing their status as last-place sports league, don't they. Their ratings suck, and they've dropped off of the national radar. And now they can't even get a good scandal going! Baseball has steroids, the NFL has Michael Vick and his merry band of criminals, and the NBA has its point-shaving referee. The NHL? Rowdy bachelor parties? That's it?
That's right. Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal and his brother Jordan of the Pittsburgh Penguins were arrested over the weekend for misdemeanor disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice at Eric's bachelor party. The brothers Staal were among 14 arrested, and their offense seemed rather tame.
The sheriff said the group was warned multiple times before finally being ordered to leave the Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas in Lutsen, at which point the men gathered on a nearby highway and "began harassing motorists." That's when authorities arrested the group, around 4 a.m. Saturday.To add insult to injury Jordan Staal, who just finished his rookie season with the Penguins was also slapped with an underage drinking charge. The Fanhouse has a great wrap-up of the shenanigans that went on, including the detail that some of the "gang of 14" fled into the woods to try and escape arrest. I'm wondering if any of them finally found that Russian dude that never came back from the Sopranos...
"I didn't expect it would be any more serious than it is -- they're noise violations," said Rick Curran, the agent for both players.
Either way you look at it, the brothers and their friends will have some interesting tales to speak of during the rehearsal dinner and wedding come August. The NHL '08 cover boy is scheduled to marry fiancé Tanya Vanden Broeke, and everyone should have some time to figure out their glory tales from last weekend's adventures. Take a look at Tanya. I hope she's kept a smile on her face this past week. The NHL's got plenty of problems, but this shouldn't be one of them. If nothing else, it seems to be a "boys will be boys" affair.