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A mugshot Staal is proud of

Eric Staal's booking photo, and the cover of the NHL '08 video game.

Eric Staal's booking photo, and the cover of the NHL '08 video game.

STEVE TILLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal says he's embarrassed by the publicity stemming from his raucous bachelor party at a Minnesota resort, in which Staal and 13 others -- including younger brother Jordan, a centre for the Pittsburgh Penguins -- were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

"It was a mistake and we feel embarrassed, definitely, about the whole situation," Staal told Sun Media yesterday, speaking to Canadian reporters about the arrests for the first time since the July 21 brouhaha.

The Staal brothers were part of an event at the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday, promoting next week's release of EA Sports' NHL 08 video game, which features the senior Staal on the cover.

Being on the cover of a video game, as it turns out, is a lot more fun than being on the cover of the Toronto Sun, where Eric and Jordan Staal's mugshots appeared a few days after their arrests.

"We didn't realize it was going to be blown to that big of a deal as far as front page and all that," Staal said. "But it's something you learn from."

The 14 men at the bachelor party were the subject of repeated complaints of noise and loud music at the resort. They finally were asked to leave the property at 3 a.m., and were picked up by police a short time later for allegedly harassing passing motorists.

They were charged with disorderly conduct, and some also were charged with obstructing the legal process. Jordan Staal, 18, also was charged with underage drinking.

Minnesota prosecutors eventually offered to drop all but the petty misdemeanour charge of disorderly conduct in exchange for a guilty plea. Staal said he has not yet accepted the deal.

"Everyone else agreed to the plea, and I'm still kind of waiting," he said. "We'll see what happens, but I look forward to dropping it down maybe even more. It'll be brushed away by October I think."


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