Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll was arrested for possession of cocaine at Wet Republic in Las Vegas on Saturday, local police have confirmed to 8 News.
Per 8 News’ Scott Daniels, Stoll was also arrested on MDMA possession. The NHL has since been appraised of the arrest, according to CBS Las Vegas.
The Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman reports the Kings are aware of the incident and “actively investigating it.”
Stoll, 32, has played with the Kings for the last seven seasons following a trade from Edmonton. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
UPDATE: From Rich Hammond of the OC Register…
UPDATE 2: The Kings have issued the following statement…
“We are aware of police reports out of Clark County, Nevada regarding Jarret Stoll. Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough internal investigation.
“While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time.”
The Los Angeles Kings have been moving in and out of a postseason position recently, but the defending Stanley Cup champions want to finish the campaign with more than a playoffs berth. They’re still hoping to dethrone the Vancouver Canucks, which hold the second seed in the Pacific Division and the first round home-ice advantage that comes with it.
Los Angeles has played in one less game than Vancouver, but it is also three points behind. The two squads are playing against each other tonight though (10:00 p.m. ET) and the result will go a long way towards determining the Kings’ fate.
“I think for this group, we’re looking at it as we have a chance for home-ice and we need to get it,” Dustin Brown told LA Kings Insider. “I think without tonight, it’ll be very difficult. So we’re just focusing on Vancouver and going from there.”
Or as Los Angeles’ Jarret Stoll put it, “They’re sitting right where we want to be.”
It wasn’t that long ago that Los Angeles didn’t appear to have a realistic shot of passing Vancouver, but the Canucks’ losing two straight games while Los Angeles cleanly defeated Edmonton and Colorado has changed the dynamic of that fight.
At the same time, the Kings know that they could still end up missing the playoffs entirely. They currently hold the second Wild Card spot, but that’s just by virtue of the tiebreaker ROW as the Winnipeg Jets match Los Angeles in terms of points and games. Winnipeg will play against Minnesota tonight (8:00 p.m. ET), so this will be a big night in the Western Conference for a lot of different reasons.
After losing back-to-back games against Minnesota and Chicago, Los Angeles needed a win tonight against Edmonton. The Kings achieved that in 20 minutes. The remainder of the game was just for fun.
Los Angeles earned a 8-2 victory over Edmonton.
Every single Kings forward recorded at least a point with the lone exception of Nick Shore. Every Los Angeles player had a plus-one rating or better aside from Trevor Lewis, Dustin Brown, and Jarret Stoll. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Anton Lander were the only Oilers players to finish the contest with a plus/minus rating that wasn’t minus-one or lower.
Ben Scrivens got the start for Edmonton, turning aside 16 of 21 shots before being taken out of the contest. Already down 5-1 through 40 minutes, 23-year-old goaltender Tyler Bunz, who has played in just eight career AHL games, was asked to make his NHL debut against the defending Stanley Cup champions on a night where they were both hungry and clicking.
That went about as well as expected.
The idle Winnipeg Jets dropped their last two games and thanks to that the Kings’ victory tonight was enough for them to jump into the second Wild Card spot. Both squads have 90 points in 77 games, but Los Angeles has a comfortable lead in the tiebreaker ROW.
Winnipeg will have to wait until Saturday’s game against Vancouver for its chance to respond.