Ice Capades

L.A. Kings star sent to the real penalty box, and NHL expansion might be on hold

Illustration by Jon Estrada

Illustration by Jon Estrada

How often does Las Vegas get to be the center of the sports world? When there’s a big fight, sure. And on May 2, we’ll get the crown for a news cycle with the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao dance-off (which comes just hours after the Kentucky Derby).

Our other best bet to grab sporting headlines? Have an athlete get arrested for doing Vegasy things. Los Angeles Kings center (and boyfriend to Erin Andrews) Jarret Stoll, come on down! You’re the next contestant in “Please do your drugs in private and not in front of everyone at the pool party.”

Stoll got popped April 17 at Wet Republic on charges of possession of cocaine and Ecstasy. Seems like despite a sign warning guests that guests are subject to a pat-down upon entry to Wet, Stoll allegedly tried to stroll right through with “off-white powder in two pink baggies … also a clear plastic baggie containing numerous gel-caps with an off-white powder inside the caps” in his back pocket, according to an arrest report.

He was released on a $5,000 bond, and criminal charges are pending the results of a toxicology test. This is what happens when you take a 3-1 loss to Calgary in the waning days of the season that knocks your team out of the playoffs. You don’t see Sidney Crosby getting arrested for Ecstasy, now do you?

Of course, you don’t see Crosby dating Andrews, either. Actually, now that we think about it, Stoll might be making a decent case
for drugs.

But that wasn’t the only puck-related Vegas happening this week. Despite an official release April 9 saying Bill Foley’s ownership group expected to be making a formal NHL-coming-to-Vegas announcement in the next several weeks, multiple national reports now suggest that expansion might be off the table until the 2017-18 season—even though Foley’s season-ticket drive has surpassed its goal of 10,000 commitments (it’s at 11,000 and counting).

Foley had hoped to have an agreement in place to land a team for the 2016-17 season, when the arena under construction behind New York-New York would be ready to go. The NHL’s annual postseason awards ceremony is June 24 at the MGM Grand, and the NHL’s Board of Governors will meet here that week, but they won’t be discussing expansion. They may or may not be discussing how best to reach Stoll’s pool-party hookup, but not expansion.

Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera was on hand for Hakkasan’s second anniversary party, along with her fiancé Matthew Rutler to listen to Tiësto with Aaron Paul and not sing. Once again, The Voice is full of false promises. Like actual voices. Or entertainment.

And in Excessive Whiteness news, Mitt and Ann Romney were in the audience April 16 for Donny & Marie at the Flamingo. Everyone in that crowd should have received a complimentary Thirtysomething DVD box set and pair of penny loafers for taking part in such a historically, egregiously white evening. Mitt was still only the third best presidential candidate in the room. Donny or Marie would easily trounce Romney in the 2016 primaries. They’d draw way more minority voters, too.

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