Jarret Stoll, 32, was charged Monday for felony drug possession in regard to his April arrest for suspicion of cocaine and Ecstasy at the MGM Grand’s Wet Republic pool club in Las Vegas, Nev., reports ESPN.
If convicted of a felony, Stoll faces a maximum of four years in state prison but could receive a suspended sentence and probation at the discretion of the judge, according to information provided by the Clark County (Nev.) District Attorney’s Office. Stoll’s first court date is July 1.
That’s the same day Stoll, a member of the Kings since 2008, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, but now his playing future is in question. A felony conviction has the potential ability to impact Stoll’s immigration status.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said via email, “Yes, we are aware of the news. No, we don’t have any comment at this time.” Daly did not specifically respond to an inquiry about whether Stoll would be suspended by the league.
Jarret Stoll, who turns 33 on Wednesday, was arrested April 17. Police said Stoll attempted to enter the pool area of a Las Vegas hotel when a security guard found cocaine and the drug MDMA in his pocket during a voluntary pat-down.
According to police, Stoll admitted that the 3.3 grams of powder in his pocket was cocaine. The one-page complaint filed Monday by the Clark County DA made no mention of the suspected MDMA.
Jarret Stoll won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and 2014 and had been one of the team’s veteran leaders but was unlikely to stay with the Kings this summer. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi recently said he intends to bring a speaker to training camp in September to educate players about the dangers of drugs.