Taylor Swift Staples Banner Getting Shunned L.A. Kings Fans Hate It

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Taylor Swift won't be showing her face banner anymore when the Los Angeles Kings are in town -- 'cause the fans don't wanna see it ... and the team is obliging.

L.A.'s pro hockey team made the announcement over the weekend ... saying that, going forward, the Kings will be covering up Taylor's banner during their home games at STAPLES Center. It's hanging in the rafters next to Lakers banners and retired jerseys.

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A marketing rep for the Kings told Arash Markazi of the L.A. Times that fans just weren't digging it, so the team wants to show 'em they're listening. Michael Altieri says, "The connection to our fans is our highest priority and through our engagement they have made it clear that the banner shouldn’t be part of their Kings game experience."

He added, "We didn’t see an issue in covering it for our games and in fact see it as an opportunity to show our fans that we hear them."

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Apparently, the fan base's disdain for the Swift banner is embedded in some superstition too. Besides being an "eyesore," per the Times, the banner has also ushered in years of bad luck for the franchise ... not having won a playoff series since it went up in 2015.

Of course, Taylor's banner night got a special cameo by none other than Kobe Bryant himself. She'd sold out STAPLES for 16 straight shows, and received it as a gift.

The Lakers have no plans to cover the Swift banner -- and as it turns out, the Clippers had already been doing it when they play in the building. Hey, to each their own 🤷🏽‍♂️

Wayne Gretzky Hockey W/ 1-Year-Old Grandson ... The Next Great One?!?

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Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky's 1-year-old son is getting lessons on how to be hockey's next biggest thing ... from grandpa Wayne!!!

Paulina and D.J. posted the adorable vid of Rivers Johnson -- their youngest child -- with The Great One ... and we gotta say, it's hard not to see the resemblance.

Wayne and the little Gretzky did some stick handling drills ... with Rivers even gettin' a few past Grandpa!!!

Of course, Dustin and Paulina's kids (they have a 4-year-old son as well) have some tough choices to make when it comes to sports ... Dad is a pretty good golfer too.

But, something about this vid just screams future L.A. King ... doesn't it?!?!

Alex Trebek Answer: THIS Guy Should Replace Me As New 'Jeopardy!' Host

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Alex Trebek can't host "Jeopardy!" forever -- in fact, he says there's a good chance he'll retire from the show soon -- and he's already got a replacement in mind ... with a very fitting name.

Trebek talked to Harvey Levin on the latest episode of 'OBJECTified' Sunday night about his legendary career as a game show host. He says chances are more than 50/50 he'll leave "Jeopardy!" when his contract expires in 2020, and when he departs ... he thinks the LA Kings hockey announcer should take over.

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Trebek's support would obviously carry a lot of weight ... he's deeply involved in the production of the show and his blessing would clearly sit well with viewers. Plus, having the same first name has its benefits.

Faust, who is just 28, already has some experience replacing icons -- he was chosen to replace Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller after 44 seasons to do play-by-play for the Kings ... and has apparently impressed Trebek with his work.

The "Jeopardy!" host has one other option in mind -- CNN legal analyst Laura Coates. Obviously, she has less in common with Trebek than Faust ... but he thinks she'd be a good fit as well.

Jarret Stoll Dodges Bullet In Coke Case ... No Jail

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L.A. Kings hockey star Jarret Stoll just cut a great deal in his Vegas cocaine case -- because the felony drug possession charge was dropped and he'll do NO jail time.

As we previously reported, Stoll -- boyfriend of Erin Andrews -- was busted on April 17th for allegedly bringing cocaine and ecstasy to a Vegas pool party.

Now, we've learned ... Stoll struck a deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead guilty to 2 misdemeanors -- breach of peace and trespass.

Stoll was facing up to 4 years behind bars for the drug charge ... instead, he won't spend one minute in jail and will NOT be on probation.

As part of the agreement, Stoll will launch a hockey program for at risk kids in Vegas and also work with the Salvation Army.

In a statement issued through his lawyer, David Chesnoff, Stoll says ... "Now that the case has been resolved I am committed to meeting all of my obligations to the court am grateful for the chance to offer guidance and share positive life lessons to kids as part of the resolution of this matter."

"My focus remains on hockey and I am looking forward to getting back on the ice next season."

NHL's Jarret Stoll Charged with Coke Possession From Vegas Party Weekend

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L.A. Kings star Jarret Stoll has been charged with cocaine possession ... stemming from a crazy party weekend in Las Vegas back in April ... TMZ Sports has learned.

As we previously reported, Stoll -- boyfriend of Erin Andrews -- was busted on April 17th for allegedly bringing cocaine and ecstasy to a Vegas pool party.

According to the criminal complaint filed today in Nevada ... Stoll will only be charged for the cocaine -- not the ecstasy.

If convicted, he faces up to 4 years in state prison.

Jarret Stoll Working on Mind & Body ... After Vegas Drug Arrest

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Embattled NHL star Jarret Stoll is looking to get his chakra back in order after his Las Vegas drug arrest ... hitting a yoga studio today for a full mind and body workout.

Stoll returned to L.A. after being charged with possession of cocaine and molly last Friday -- after he was busted trying to bring the drugs into a Vegas pool party (allegedly).

On his way out of the yoga studio, Stoll told us he was doing well ... but didn't feel like talking about the fallout from the arrest ... or the current status of his relationship with Erin Andrews.

Namaste.

Candace Cameron on Jarret Stoll: 'Anyone Who Does Drugs Is Dumb'

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On a very special episode of "Full House" ... D.J. warns against the dangers of hard drugs!

Candace Cameron-Bure -- who's married to ex-NHL star Valeri Bure -- was out in L.A. with her hockey-fan family Monday when we asked about Jarret Stoll's Vegas drug arrest.

"I think anyone that does drugs is dumb," Cameron-Bure said ... "but that's the chance you take when you do that stuff."

Danny Tanner would be proud ...

Cue lesson-giving music ... fade to black ... roll credits.

Erin Andrews Did She Just Take a Shot ... at Jarret Stoll?!

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Erin Andrews may have sent a passive aggressive message to her NHL star boyfriend Monday night -- seemingly chiding him for his Vegas drug arrest ... and it all went down on "Dancing with the Stars."

Erin was interviewing Willow Shields after her wild performance -- and asked her if she ever busted out similar moves on Spring Break.

When Willow gave her super boring answer -- "I just sit at home and watch movies all week" -- Andrews gave a very interesting response:

"I feel like some other people should learn from you."

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Jarret Stoll Partying with Kings Teammates ... During Vegas Drug Arrest

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Jarret Stoll had been raging in Vegas with several of his L.A. Kings teammates in the hours before the NHL star was busted for trying to bring a BUNCH of cocaine and molly to a pool party ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Multiple sources confirm ... the Vegas vacation was essentially an unofficial end-of-the-season celebration to unwind and party as a team.

As far as how many Kings were part of the festivities -- sources tell us there were more than a dozen people from the organization on hand ... many of whom continued to party in Vegas throughout the weekend even AFTER Stoll was arrested.

We know Drew Doughty and Martin Jones were part of the Vegas crew -- but they were NOT arrested or accused of any wrongdoing whatsoever. In fact, the only person who got into any trouble was Stoll.

We reached out to the players and the Kings organization -- but no one wanted to comment on this specific story.

Jarret Stoll Arrest Busted Smuggling 8-Ball ... In Board Shorts

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NHL star Jarret Stoll tried to smuggle an 8-ball of cocaine and 8 grams of Molly into a Vegas pool party ... by hiding them in his board shorts ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports.

The L.A. Kings player was busted around 4:30 PM on Friday while going through the security area -- that EVERYONE goes through -- on the way in to the Wet Republic pool party at the MGM Grand.

Despite the sign CLEARLY warning people that they will be patted down on the way inside, Stoll took his chances ... and a Wet Republic security guard found a pink baggie with white powder and numerous "gel-caps" with an off-white powder inside consistent with the drug "Molly."

According to the police report ... when asked if the powder inside the baggie was coke, Stoll said, "Yes."

Cops say Stoll had 3.3 grams of coke ... and 8.1 grams of Molly.

Stoll -- who's famously dating "Dancing with the Stars" co-host Erin Andrews -- was transported to a nearby jail ... where he was booked for drug possession.

He was eventually released after posting $5,000 bond.

NHL's Jarret Stoll Erin Andrews' BF Busted for Coke & Ecstasy

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L.A. Kings superstar Jarret Stoll -- boyfriend of Erin Andrews -- was arrested in Vegas on suspicion on drug possession ... for allegedly bringing cocaine and ecstasy to a Vegas pool party.

According to local reports, 32-year-old Stoll was busted Friday at the Wet Republic pool party at the MGM Grand.

Stoll was reportedly taken into custody by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. Unclear if Andrews was with him at the time.

Stoll was taken to Clark County Detention Center -- where he was booked. He was released on a $5,000 bail.

Stoll was clearly in Vegas to unwind after the Kings were eliminated from contention from the NHL playoffs.

The Kings have issued a statement saying, "We are aware of police reports out of Clark County, Nevada regarding Jarret Stoll."

"Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough internal investigation. While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time."

Erin Andrews Not Engaged Despite Massive Diamond Ring

It looks like an engagement ring ... she's flaunting it like an engagement ring ... but the rock on Erin Andrews' finger is NOT an engagement ring.

Andrews has been dating L.A. Kings superstar Jarret Stoll for a while ... after she posted a pic with that huge diamond before last night's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere, there was buzz that he finally popped the question.

Turns out ... the ring wasn't from Stoll -- it was from wardrobe ... specifically so Erin would look "blinged out" for the big show.

But the ring was no cheap prop -- according to E!, it was a special asscher-cut diamond ring that weighed in at 2.01 carats with 22 baguette diamonds and 88 other microset diamonds.

Looked good though ... just sayin', Jarret.

Slava Voynov's Wife Blames Herself & Begs D.A. My Husband is No Ray Rice

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NHL star Slava Voynov's wife pleaded with prosecutors to drop the felony domestic violence case against him because if people like Ray Rice didn't go to jail ... Slava shouldn't either.

TMZ Sports obtained a letter sent by Slava's wife, Marta Varlamova, to the L.A. County District Attorney in November ... and in it she takes all the blame for the argument which she says started during a party at a friend's house where she was drinking -- but continued when they got home.

She claims Voynov was trying to go to sleep, but she kept pressing the issue and got physical ... squeezing his shoulders and yelling, "No, I want to talk more." Marta says he only pushed her when she refused to get out of his face. That's when -- as we've previously reported -- she claims she turned and smashed her head into a flat screen TV in their bedroom.

In the letter, she describes how profusely she was bleeding and says, "I started yelling because it hurt quite a bit and I was very worried about whether I was going to need stitches and worried about how it would look." She says they decided to go to the ER around 11:30 PM.

Marta, whose first language is Russian ... claims she repeatedly told a police officer Slava did not try to kill her, and she was not afraid of him. As we've told you ... she and Slava believe the officer did not understand her because her English is so poor.

In fact, during a hearing Monday ... police testified the she had said Voynov punched, kicked and choked her. So, it appears there was a communication gap ... or someone's lying.

Marta ends the letter by pointing out she's "heard about other athletes on the news" who did things that Slava didn't ... yet they were not charged. She's clearly referring to Ray Rice ... who got a pretrial intervention program instead of being prosecuted for punching his then-fiancee.

Despite her objection ... Voynov has been charged with felony domestic violence.

L.A. Kings We Screwed Up! Slava's Gotta Stay Away

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The Stanley Cup Champions just fell on their sword -- the L.A. Kings are admitting they messed up badly by letting their suspended star Slava Voynov practice with the team.

The Kings reacted to the $100,000 fine the NHL laid on the team today, saying ... “It is incumbent upon us to be more vigilant in managing this situation to ensure that Slava’s allowable training activities always remain separate from the team.”

Slava was suspended after his October arrest for allegedly beating up his wife. As we told you ... he pled not guilty yesterday, but participated in a team practice today -- a violation of his suspension.

The Kings added ... "This was clearly a mistake on our part and we accept full responsibility."

Los Angeles Kings Fined by the NHL for Letting Slava Voynov Practice

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The Los Angeles Kings were hit with a $100,000 fine by the NHL for letting suspended defenseman Slava Voynov practice with the team, one day after he pled not guilty to domestic violence charges.

According to a statement released by the NHL, the Kings violated the terms of Voynov's suspension by allowing him to skate Tuesday during a club practice. The statement read, "Such activity is in direct contravention of the terms of the suspension ... which permit Mr. Voynov to use club facilities and work with team personnel, but prohibit his participation in any team-related functions or activities."

We reached out to the team for comment on the fine ... so far, no word back.

As TMZ Sports previously reported, the 24-year-old was arrested on October 20 after allegedly beating up his wife -- causing injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck.

An attorney for Voynov claims cops simply misunderstood the hockey player's wife when she originally described the incident because she doesn't speak English.

L.A. Kings Star Slava Voynov Arrives to Court In Domestic Violence Case

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10:00 AM PDT -- As expected, Voynov pled not guilty. According to court docs, Voynov and his wife have been living together since the incident, though she did not show up with him. He's due back in court on December 15.

L.A. Kings star Slava Voynov just arrived to a L.A. courthouse where he's scheduled to be arraigned on a felony domestic violence charge stemming from an alleged altercation with his wife.

Voynov was silent on his way into the courtroom ... but he's expected to plead not guilty to the charge.

As we previously reported, the 24-year-old was arrested on October 20th after allegedly beating his wife so badly, she was hospitalized with injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck. Sources tell us she required several stitches to close facial wounds.

As for Slava, he is adamant he didn't attack his wife -- and claims officials misunderstood her when she was trying to explain that she simply "fell down" at their L.A. home because she only speaks Russian.