Friday, July 27, 2007

Staals love booze and jail

Brothers Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins were among 14 people arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a weekend party. The incident early Saturday morning occurred at the Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas, about 90 minutes south of the Thunder Bay, Ont., hometown of the Staal brothers. They were gathered there for 22-year-old Eric Staal's bachelor party. Jordan is 18. ''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.

According to a release from the Cook County Sheriff's Office sent out Wednesday, police began receiving complaints at 12:30 a.m. of ''approximately 20 people screaming, yelling, and playing loud music.'' 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.'' Around 3 a.m., according to the Sheriff's new 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. At approximately 4 a.m. the suspects were placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. Some of the suspects fled in to the nearby woods.''

The Staal brothers were among the 14 men arrested. Eric Staal was among the 10 who spent the night in jail. Jordan Staal 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. A Lutsen Resort employee, who did not want to give her name, said: ''It was a bachelor's party gone awry.''

With the abundance of recent publicity for all of the other major sports, it is good to see the Staals trying to put their sport on the map. Although with no gun fire, drugs or battered strippers, hockey will have to step it up a notch to be a household sport in the U.S. The league can only hope that Scott Niedermayer has a big enough trunk to fit 6'6" Chris Pronger after he Carruth's the next broad he knocks up behind his wife's back.

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