21 Most Embarrassing NHL Player Arrests
While hockey players don’t spent as much time in the news for legal issues as athletes in other big-4 sports, there have been a number of notable arrests in the history of the NHL—and while some of them have been serious, most are just downright embarrassing.
Sean Avery’s oxycodone bust
Former New York Rangers player Sean Avery found himself in the headlines again in late 2015 when he was arrested for oxycodone possession during a routine traffic stop. Over the summer, it was LA Kings center Mike Richards who was arrested with the same drug, resulting in him becoming a former LA Kings center.
Jarret Stoll fails at smuggling
In April of 2015, the LA Kings’ player Jarret Stoll was arrested trying to bring gel-caps of Molly and an 8-ball of cocaine into a Las Vegas pool party. He planned to do this by shoving them down his board shorts despite the very visible security personnel doing obvious pat downs at the entrance, demonstrating a remarkable lack of situational intelligence.
The drugs were obviously discovered and Stoll was arrested. The initial felony charges were lessened to misdemeanors in June and Stoll escaped the ordeal with 32 hours of community service.
Slava Voynov’s violent self-sabotage
Voynov was early in the second year of a six-year, $25 million contract with the LA Kings in October 2014 when he was arrested on domestic violence charges. Drafted in 2008, Voynov had been showing promise with the Kings’ AHL affiliate and seemed poised to begin a fruitful—if not spectacular—NHL career when the league announced he was to be suspended indefinitely.
The police report indicated that he had punched and choked his wife, even allegedly throwing her into a television set. Voynov pleaded not guilty to the charges. Though they were reduced to misdemeanor domestic violence in July 2015, the damage had been done. Voynov voluntarily returned to Russia in September rather than endure a lengthy deportation process.