NHL 08 cover athlete arrested

Carolina Hurricanes center picked up for disorderly conduct after his weekend bachelor party.

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Carolina Hurricanes center and NHL 08 cover athlete Eric Staal was among 14 revelers arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in Minnesota this weekend after police were repeatedly called to his bachelor party, according to a Canadian Press report.

Early Saturday morning, police were called to the Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas, where they warned a group of "approximately 20 people screaming, yelling, and playing loud music" that they had to keep it down or face being kicked off the property, arrested, and possibly even deported. Staal's agent said the skater complied with the police request and went to bed, but was removed from the hotel regardless.

Hours later, a group of partygoers who'd been removed from the property started harassing people driving by on a nearby highway, authorities said. That's when the police returned and arrested 14 men for disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process.

Staal was neither the only NHLer nor the only member of his family arrested. Pittsburgh Penguins forward and younger brother Jordan Staal was also picked up by police and charged with consumption of alcohol while under 21 years of age.

This is not the first time an EA cover athlete has run afoul of the law after being named to the hockey series' cover. In September 2003, then-Atlanta Thrashers star and NHL 2004 cover athlete Dany Heatley was behind the wheel in a high-speed single-car accident that killed his passenger and teammate Dan Snyder. He was pulled from the cover spot midseason and replaced with Colorado Avalanche franchise player Joe Sakic.

Commenting on the incident, an EA representative told GameSpot, "We are aware of the situation and are still in the process of gathering information." The representative also passed along a comment from Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford, who said, "Based on the limited information that I have, this does not seem like something that will require any action on our part. We will continue to monitor the situation, but I don't see it being an issue that affects us as it stands now."

Discussion

162 comments
SchockWave
SchockWave

i see some of your points but from what the article says is that staal went to bed, so how can he be held accountable for the stupidity of others? i don't get how you can arrest and charge him for doing what the police said.

Blake181
Blake181

they should put a goalie on the front, like Cam Ward or Emry

whippet9
whippet9

forget staal, only the best american born player ever, mike modano would look good on that cover. go STARS!!!!

Lightz39
Lightz39

We don't want Sundin on the cover Maslowo its a curse.

hockey15LSW
hockey15LSW

pull stall off put kovalchuck on the cover go THRASHERS

Neo9898_98
Neo9898_98

I find it absolutely hillarious that you can't drink until you are 21 in Min. Poor American's.

melo_211
melo_211

Everyone makes mistakes, Heatley's was a lot bigger then this one from Staal, I don't think pulling him off 08's cover is necessary at all. Good job EA.

geomyr
geomyr

i dont care about his stupid actions im a sharks fan anyway, if he is guilty then remove him from the games cover.

Maslowo
Maslowo

Put Sundin on the cover. Go Leafs! GO! ...Kidding it should be Crosby on the cover everyone knows that. However, nobody gives a **** about hockey south of the boarder, so EA can't afford to put Crosby on.

Lightz39
Lightz39

lol, i agree stupid....who cares, why is this in the news. Im pretty sure they are just trying to mess up some careers.

garrettm
garrettm

This is a joke. The guy got drunk and was too loud. Since when is that considered a crime? Hell, if that's a crime then everyone I know over the age of 17 should have been arrested at some point in their lives. He didn't drink and drive, assault someone, do drugs or anything else serious. He's 22 and getting married, cut the guy a break!

stziggy
stziggy

If Eric Stael is found guilty, he should be removed.

simulation
simulation

I hope he deos get taken off, there are more deserving players

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I'm guessing that he will be taken off of the cover.

ReaperXxxx
ReaperXxxx

All this means is that his bachelor party was one hell of a time! Simon Gagne should be on the cover anyway.

jcarlos11
jcarlos11

The cover of the game should have been awarded to Giguere....

vanhalendlrband
vanhalendlrband

Naw, eric staal is just as good as malkin if not better, crosby uncomparable to anyone but lemeiux or gretzky, plus nobody is getting crosby on the cover unless they fork over a tonne of cash.

Kosai_Avonej
Kosai_Avonej

Eric Staal just sucks, they should have Malkin or Crosby on the cover.

el_chupacabras
el_chupacabras

He is going to get a worse sentence than prison. So it was well worth it.

Lobezno_D
Lobezno_D

It's not a party till someone gets arrested :D

hockeyjunkie28
hockeyjunkie28

ridiclous. i mean its a bachelor party no kidding the cops are gonna come

hcjfilms
hcjfilms

I'll take hockey news any way I can get it.

CaNaDiaNBeeR
CaNaDiaNBeeR

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Juventus_10
Juventus_10

His younger brother Jordan is a better hockey player and should be on the cover instead. I do not see the problem with Eric's behaviour as long as he is focused during training.

riccochet
riccochet

IT'S A BACHELOR PARTY! If you don't have the cops show up at least once, you're doing something wrong and the best man should be fired. For the people criticizing this guy... I pray that you never are asked to give the bachelor party. From your reactions it would be a group of guys sitting around a table drinking pop and talking about feelings.

reactionsok
reactionsok

OBJECTION! this will be thrown out of court! Judge will see that this 'star' is not harmful to society. THIS JUST IN! Nobody cares Gamespot!

gwailo2470
gwailo2470

Maybe this curse thing has something to it...after all, has anyone seen Luigi lately?

Shawn20
Shawn20

Yeah, how do they expect him to act at his bachelor party?

BradBoye
BradBoye

Come on it was the guy's bachelor party! You're supposed to be loud and having a good time.

blackace
blackace

The curse continues. No really care about hockey that much so this has no effect on me what-so-ever. The guy can stay in jail for a month. Maybe that'll help him to stop acting the fool.

boobush
boobush

News about games? Barely.

JonG85
JonG85

who cares if he got locked up or not. HATERSSSS!!!!

Toxidote
Toxidote

"feryl06" You clearly don't know much about hockey if you don't know who Eric Staal is, and you think the only good thing about hockey is the games. It may be that Sidney Crosby is the best in the NHL at the moment, but its not necessarily the best player who gets slapped on the cover of a game. Mind you, Eric Staal is one of the best at the moment.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

The only thing that really annoys me is how everyone immediately lies about their involvement in these things. "It wasn't me I was in bed during my own bachelor party (insert hooker joke here) " Grow up and take responsibility for your actions man...no one cares unless you lie about it.

koopatroopa1015
koopatroopa1015

It's not a big deal, compared to Michael Vick (but that's a different story)...

feryl06
feryl06

well any news on hockey is good news. :) the only good thing about hockey are the video games. and besides, they should of gone with Crosby--he's the face of the NHL, not this other guy.

ScottEFresh
ScottEFresh

Hockey kicks ass and so does Canada and so does me buying this game.

nick0091
nick0091

I follow hockey and this isn't even big news for the nhl, why is it on gamespot I have no idea. I mean Stall should not be on the cover anyways, but this isn't going to affect it.

newfg311
newfg311

I really don't consider this a major thing like other athletes face. Almost everyone on this planet who goes to/went to college have been nailed for disorderly conduct/underage drinking. He shouldn't be on the cover regardless so take him off and put Sid on!

OAKside24
OAKside24

Wow. Slow news days (/months). *teleports to September*