Charges were officially brought down against Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll on Monday. Stoll, who was arrested in April, will face one felony count of possession of a controlled substance.
On April 17th, the 32-year-old Stoll was arrested in Las Vegas after baggies of cocaine and capsules that were alleged to have contained MDMA were found in his swimsuit during a routine pat down as he was attempting to enter the Wet Republic pool located in the MGM Grand. He was reportedly in Vegas with teammates for an unofficial end-of-the-season trip.
The league’s best and brightest will be in Las Vegas on Wednesday for the annual NHL Awards ceremony at the MGM Grand. Coincidentally, Wednesday is also Stoll’s 33rd birthday.
Stoll is only being charged with possession of cocaine, as the complaint makes no mention of the MDMA (a charge for which would have carried mandatory jail time). According to the Orange County Register, he will face a maximum of four years in prison, but could receive a suspended sentence and probation at the discretion of the judge.
David Z. Chesnoff, the attorney representing Stoll, told ESPN that he is “hopeful there will be a resolution that will be a fair one, and we’re working on it.” The first court date in the case is currently scheduled for July 1.
Coincidentally, July 1 is also the date that Stoll is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Hailing from Melville, SK, a felony conviction could potentially impact the Canadian’s immigration status.
Stoll has spent the last seven seasons with the Kings, winning two Stanley Cups. Last season, he had six goals, 11 points and was plus-3 in 73 games. Selected in the second round (36th overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, he has 140 goals and 379 points in 792 career games.