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by Paul on 02/07/06 at 03:48 PM ET
New Jersey authorities said Tuesday they had busted a nationwide sports gambling ring financed by an NHL coach and run in part by a state police trooper. Phoenix Coyotes associate coach Rick Tocchet was served with a criminal complaint Monday evening and was expected to travel from his Arizona home to answer charges of promoting gambling, money laundering and conspiracy, said state police Col. Rick Fuentes.more update 2:02pm, from the AP via TSN,
Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet is accused of financing a nationwide sports gambling ring in which about a dozen current NHL players placed bets, authorities said Tuesday.more update 2:12pm, via 6ABC,
Action News has learned that the ring could also be linked to Janet Jones - who is the wife of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, and the ring could be tied to the crime family of Bruno Scarfo.update 2:24pm, fyi, from the old CBA, 'Gambling on any National Hockey League game is prohibited'. No mention of any other sports. update 2:36pm, ESPN News reporting 6 current NHL players involved. update 2:52pm, from the AP via the Philadelphia Inquirer, Over the course of the investigation, state police found wagers placed by about half a dozen current NHL players and from someone Fuentes described as a "movie celebrity," all of whom have been interviewed as part of the investigation. Fuentes did not disclose their names, saying the investigation was ongoing. update 3:10pm, from the AP via the Arizona Republic, Tocchet held a brief news conference Tuesday at Glendale Arena to address the situation. “I got a summons the other day about (it),” he said. “It’s not a hockey-related issue, it’s a football thing. And at this time I can’t comment any further.” Tocchet said he would cooperate with the investigation and had no comment when asked whether he’d turn himself in to authorities. “I feel bad for the Coyotes and stuff like that, but like I said it’s a non-hockey-related issue. And that’s all I can comment.” Tocchet does have a lawyer. Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said Tocchet would be on the bench tonight and that it would be “business as usual.” “Everyone in the world is innocent until proven guilty,” Gretzky said. “He’s a great guy and a good friend. He’s just going through a tough time right now, obviously, and we’ve got to let it run its course. “It’s a situation that’s obviously a concern for the organization at this point.” update 3:33pm note: A new posting thread has been created if you wish to follow along.
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