Did Hotel Serve Underage Russian Hockey Team Alcohol? SLA Investigates

January 7, 2011 Updated Jan 8, 2011 at 10:59 AM EDT

By Laura Gray

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Did Hotel Serve Underage Russian Hockey Team Alcohol? SLA Investigates

January 7, 2011 Updated Jan 8, 2011 at 10:59 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) --- The Russian junior hockey team's "unruly" behavior leaves behind a lot of questions about what happened at the Adam's Mark Hotel following their gold medal performance Wednesday night.

Because all of the players in the world juniors are under the age of 20, New York State Liquor Authority could begin interviewing witnesses and examining surveillance tapes to find out if the hotel violated the laws.

The Canadian Press video that has captured the attention of fans, players, and the State Liquor Authority. "Our goal is to do a thorough investigation to find out what the circumstances are." David Edmunds, Jr. Is the Deputy Commissioner of the Authority.

The video appears to show the Russian hockey team celebrating their gold medal with beer and liquor while wearing their jerseys at the Adam's Mark hotel Wednesday night. Early Thursday morning, the team was so rowdy they were kicked off their connecting flight to Russia.

People we've talked to say they don't blame the players for being excited, but agree that the law should be enforced if the players, who are all under the age of 20, were served alcohol. Carmen Huffnagle is a bartender and floor manager at nearby Pearl Street Grill. "I know it was none of my bartenders so that's my main concern. But if I won a world championship, I'd let loose."

The Adam's Mark sent us a statement that read in part: "The Adam's Mark does not permit the service of alcohol by hotel staff to underage individuals, and does not condone the consumption of alcohol by underage persons in its facilities." Hotel officials refused to comment on whether they watched the video or whether the hotel was investigating the matter.

Edmunds tells us the penalties can range from fines to revocation of a liquor license if the State Liquor Authority finds a violation. Edmunds is not aware of any previous violations by the Adam's Mark.