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by Paul on 11/01/07 at 02:40 PM ET
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
Embattled Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach and former Flyer Rick Tocchet is expected to have his 20-month suspension lifted by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at a 1 p.m. news conference today in New York.
This would allow Tocchet to return to his role as assistant coach of the Coyotes.
Update 1:37pm ET: (by Alanah)
On the NHL’s teleconference today, Attorney Robert J. Cleary discussed the depth of his investigation of Rick Tocchet. He explained his findings (being released in a written report today) are consistent with the findings of the NJ Attorney General’s office, stating, “We found no evidence of betting on hockey by any NHL player or personnel.”
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman then formally announced that Tocchet will not be eligible to work again within the NHL until at least February 7, 2008—that would be a 2 year total suspension. His reinstatement requires he is (1) not involved in gambling—legal or illegal—at any time; and (2) that he is treated for gambling addiction.
Bettman stated he reserves the right to revisit the issue of Tocchet’s reinstatement in February if he feels he hasn’t complied with these conditions.
*time of post originally 12:20pmET
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