Penguins forward Jordan Staal was among 14 men arrested around 4 a.m. Saturday in Cook County, Minn., on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. Staal, 18, also was charged with underage drinking.
Staal was at a bachelor party for his brother, Eric, according to their agent, Rick Curran. Eric Staal, a center for the Carolina Hurricanes, also was arrested.
All those arrested are scheduled to appear in Cook County Court Aug. 8.
"We were recently made aware of the situation involving Jordan, have reached out to him and are continuing to gather information," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said in a statement yesterday.
"At this point, we all have to let the legal process play out. We will have no further comment at this time."
Curran expects the charges to be reduced or dropped.
"It's nothing," Curran said. "It's ridiculously nothing. Eric and Jordan and [their brother] Marc had gone to bed."
Marc Staal, a New York Rangers prospect, was not arrested.
According to a Cook County Sheriff's Office news release, that office began receiving complaints of "screaming, yelling and playing loud music" around 12:30 a.m. because of the party at the Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas. Sheriff's deputies issued multiple warnings to be quiet, under threat the group of about 20 might be "removed from the property, issued citations, arrested and/or deported from the country."
Around 3 a.m., the group was escorted off the hotel property by hotel staff, sheriff's deputies, a Minnesota state patrol trooper and a United States border patrol agent.
While walking along Highway 61, apparently toward another hotel, the group "began harassing passing motorists," the news release said, and 14 members of the group were arrested, while others fled into nearby woods.
Jordan Staal was among four released after booking. The other 10, including Eric Staal, were held overnight and released Sunday afternoon.
That area of Grand Marais, Minn., is about two hours from the Staals' home in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Jordan Staal, who turns 19 in September, had a standout rookie season for the Penguins. He had 29 goals, 42 points, led the NHL with seven shorthanded goals and a 22.1 shooting percent, finished third behind teammate Evgeni Malkin in voting for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year and was named to the league's all-rookie team.
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