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Reactions To Operation Slap Shot

via TSN, Bob McKenzie, the Hockey Insider, expresses his views (will open wmp video) on the Tocchet situation. Plus, Gary Bettman responds (will open wmp video) to the charges. update 11:07pm, from TSN,
"We have evidence that leads us to believe that the traditional organized crime families that exist in the city of Philadelphia have exercised some degree of influence over this enterprise," Lt. Col. Frank Rodgers of the New Jersey State Police told TSN. "A relatively large number of players distributed pretty equally around the United States and that includes some of the management and coaches associated with the NHL as well." While the investigation may eventually lead to Canada, at this point, authorities are focusing their attention on five American cities, including Phoenix, Boston and St. Paul.
update 11:15pm, from KYW-TV in Philadelphia,
Sources close to the investigation told CBS 3 two others questioned, but not charged, in connection with the gambling ring are the wife of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, actress Janet Jones, and former Flyer Jeremy Roenick.

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