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Visiting Peter Pocklington

from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,

Peter Pocklington’s house lies in a gated community in the California desert. The Spanish-style bungalow he shares with his wife of 43 years is on a street lined with tall, impeccably spaced date palms. There are cactuses with sharp quills in the roundabouts, and golf carts parked outside nearly each million-dollar residence. In the distance, jagged mountain peaks fade from view like a Lawren Harris canvas.

Hockey’s original rock-star owner has a deck that overlooks an emerald fairway along one of Palm Desert’s private golf courses.

Hummingbirds flit around the pool and hover over a hot tub fed by a cascading waterfall. The home is elegant, but more understated than his previous address at the nearby Vintage Club. There, Pocklington had a helipad and a house with a retractable roof. Bill Gates, Charles Koch and Philip Anschutz were among his neighbours.

The eccentric swashbuckler who once owned the Edmonton Oilers lives behind a black wrought-iron gate and a trellis wrapped lovingly with magenta bougainvillea. ...

Revered and reviled, Pocklington once presided over one of the greatest dynasties in sport. It has been 20 years since he sold Edmonton’s NHL team and fell from grace as one of Canada’s most infamous businessmen. At one point, his empire exceeded more than $2-billion in sales, and included massive real-estate holdings, one of Canada’s largest trust companies, chicken-processing plants, food-processing firms, and a beef– and pork-packing house. None of that brought as much satisfaction and fame to him as the Oilers....

He muses about returning to hockey.

“I say to myself, ‘Goddamn it, Peter, grow up! You really want to get back into that cesspool?’ “I love the players, I love the contact, I love to win. The problem is the damn players’ agreement. Minimums and maximums … it just doesn’t work. Because of that, there is probably less than a 50-per-cent chance that I will do it, but I sure would love to. I miss being with the guys. We had a hell of a run.”

much more

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Video- One Time Owner Of The Edmonton Oilers, Peter Pocklington Introduced At Reunion Ceremony

The Edmonton Oilers held a reunion last night for the 1984 Stanley Cup team and the Oilers' website posted numerous videos of the celebration.

This one stood out for me...

 

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Own Pocklington’s Rings

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Imagine owning a Stanley Cup ring from the Edmonton Oiler’s dynasty. Well not only can you make such a purchase, but you can own then-team owner’s Peter Pocklington’s Stanley Cup ring! Or rings. All 5 of Peter Pocklington’s championship rings are available in Classic Auction’s latest sale.

Pocklington, the much maligned former owner of the Oilers who continues to find himself in fresh financial peril, spared no dime to have these championship rings made back in the day.

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Helping Out Pocklington

from Darcy Henton of the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz put up Peter Pocklington’s $1-million bail at the request of former Oilers President Glen Sather, according to the authors of an authorized biography of Pocklington.

Katz, who purchased the Oilers in 2008, put up the bail out of his friendship for Sather, the current president of the New York Rangers, according to Terry McConnell, one of the authors of I’d Trade Him Again.

Court documents had initially listed Sather as the person responsible for putting down the deposit, but he subsequently requested assistance from Katz, who could provide the security more quickly, said McConnell.

“He did it as a favour to Glen Sather,” said McConnell. “Sather called him saying ‘I need some help with this.’ Katz got it done in a day.”

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Peter Pocklington Reaches Plea Agreement

from the CP at TSN,

Federal prosecutors in the U.S. say former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has agreed to plead guilty to perjury in a bid to avoid jail time.

According to the plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Riverside, Calif., Pocklington acknowledged that he concealed two bank accounts from a bankruptcy trustee and failed to disclose two storage units in Southern California.

The plea bargain calls for probation, including six months of home detention that could force him to wear an electronic monitor. The criminal conviction also means he could be deported back to Canada.

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Sather Bails Out Pocklington

from CBC,

Peter Pocklington, one-time owner of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, was expected to be released on bail Friday after the former coach of the team said he would put up the bail.

In a California courtroom, Glen Sather put up $1 million piece of property as security to allow Pocklington to be released on bail.

Pocklington has been in jail since being arrested on bankruptcy fraud charges on Wednesday.

continued and more on this topic at TSN.

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He Did Edmonton Wrong

from David Staples at the Cult of Hockey,

As I’ve suggested, the news of Pocklington’s arrest will come as no surprise to people in Edmonton, as Pocklington’s reputation was, shall we say, not the best in these parts. He was known to be a hard man to get to pay his bills, and that’s putting it kindly.

If I’m being a bit careful here in my description of Pockington, well, Canada has strict libel laws and, to be fair, in regards to these new U.S. charges, he’s innocent until proven guilty.

But in regards to Pocklington’s destruction of the Edmonton Oilers, there’s no doubt in my mind, the man is guilty. He ruined the best hockey team in the world. He traded Wayne Gretzky away like a piece of meat, as Paul Coffey so aptly put it back then. Then he “traded” away Mark Messier (I’ve always wondered if Pocklington got money in that Messier deal, too. I wonder if we’ll ever find out. I don’t know).

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Gretzky, Pocklington and a Game of Backgammon

From Evan Weiner at NHL.com,

imageThe NHL was allegedly interested in moving one of its financially failing teams there in the mid 1970s, and Edmonton was very receptive to either getting a failed team or being part of an NHL-WHA merger.

Skalbania gave Oilers owner Peter Pocklington a chance to add a Canadian icon, Gretzky, which figured to bolster the Oilers’ chances of getting into the NHL. There were two catches. Skalbania offered Gretzky’s services to both Pocklington’s Oilers and to the Winnipeg ownership group and “the Gretzky sweepstakes” would involve a game of backgammon. [...]

Over the years, some people have said that Skalbania really did set down those parameters and others have said the “bet” was just a fable. But there is one man who said the trade really happened over a backgammon board.

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Why One Fan Spent $272,829 on Oilers Memorabilia

From Terry Jones of Sun Media, some words from the anonymous fan that bought Peter Pocklington’s hockey memoribilia earlier this week:

“I’m somebody from Oiler Country who bought them because I think they belong in this area and because it takes me back to my childhood watching the Oilers have all that success in the 1980s.

“I think there are only six people who had all five rings, Pocklington, Glen Sather, Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe, Jari Kurri and Randy Gregg. I might be wrong about that. I was just trying to figure that out myself. I’m sure there are others in the organization.

“But Pocklington brought Wayne Gretzky to Edmonton. He also sold him but he brought Gretzky here for the best years in his career and I was able to watch him those years as a kid when my dad took me into Edmonton for the games. 

Looking back, I consider Gretzky to have been very instrumental in my life.”

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Pocklington Not Really the Sentimental Type

via the CBC,

Peter Pocklington, who once sold Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings, held an online garage sale this week that netted the former Edmonton Oilers owner a cool $294,269 US.

The items included five Stanley Cup championship rings from the Oilers’ amazing run in the 1980s, plus three Edmonton Trappers title rings dating from when Pocklington owned the Pacific Coast League baseball team.

In addition, there were miniature replicas of the Stanley Cup and Clarence Campbell Bowl (Western Conference championship) trophies. A number of smaller items such as photographs were also up for bid.

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