Former Ice captain Stoll avoids jail time

NHL forward Jarret Stoll pleads guilty to pair of misdemeanours; felony cocaine possession charges dropped in connection to April 17 arrest

Jarret Stoll

Jarret Stoll

Former Kootenay Ice captain Jarret Stoll has avoided jail time.

According to a report from ESPN’s Katie Strang, Stoll has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanours stemming from his April 17 arrest in Las Vegas.

Thursday morning, Stoll pled guilty to one count of provoking commission of breach of peace and one count of trespass. A felony cocaine possession charge was subsequently dropped.

On April 17, the two-time Stanley Cup champion was arrested after security guards at the MGM Grand’s Wet Republic pool discovered what was believed to be 3.3 grams of cocaine and several capsules of ecstasy in his pocket during a routine search.

Following the arrest, the 33-year-old native of Melville, Sask., was charged with felony cocaine possession.

Had Stoll been convicted of the felony cocaine possession charge, he would have been looking at spending up to four years in prison, or at the very least, probation.

According to Strang’s report, Stoll has 120 days to complete 32 hours of community service and is due back in court Aug. 27 to update his community service progress.

The 6-foot-1 pivot was drafted by the WHL’s Edmonton Ice with the first-overall selection of the 19997 WHL Bantam Draft. He went on to play 245 with the Edmonton and Kootenay Ice, amassing 124 goals and 286 points.

Stoll was the Kootenay Ice franchise leader in scoring until he was surpassed by Sam Reinhart during the 2014-15 WHL campaign. He also captained the Kootenay Ice to its only Memorial Cup championship during the 2001-02 season.

Stoll has seen his fair share of success over the course of his major junior and professional hockey career.

In addition to the 2002 Memorial Cup title, he won WHL championships with the Ice in 2000 and 2002, a World Junior bronze medal (2001), a World Junior silver medal (2002) and two Stanley Cup championships with the Los Angeles Kings (2012, 2014).

A veteran of 792 NHL games, Stoll is an unrestricted free agent after spending the previous seven seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. He made $3.25 million during the 2014-15 NHL season.

With files from Katie Strang (ESPN) and Associated Press