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Old 02-07-2006, 01:57 PM   #1
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Coyotes' Tocchet implicated in sports gambling ring

EWING, N.J. -- Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet financed a nationwide sports gambling ring in which about a dozen current NHL players placed bets, authorities said Tuesday.

Tocchet, a former NHL star, was served with a criminal complaint Monday and was expected to travel from his Arizona home to answer charges of promoting gambling, money laundering and conspiracy, state police Col. Rick Fuentes said.

Fuentes said an investigation into the New Jersey-based ring discovered the processing of more than 1,000 wagers, exceeding $1.7 million, on professional and college sports, mostly football and baseball. He declined to identify the NHL players who made wagers.

Authorities said Tocchet and state police Trooper James J. Harney were partners in the operation, with the ex-NHL forward providing the financing.

A message left with the Coyotes' media office in Arizona was not immediately returned. The Coyotes were home Tuesday night against Chicago.

Tocchet, one of three associate coaches on the Coyotes' staff, took over the head coaching duties for 10 days in December while Wayne Gretzky was away to be with his dying mother.

The 41-year-old Tocchet played 18 years with six teams, including three seasons with the Coyotes from 1997-2000. He is one of only two players in NHL history to collect 400 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes during his career.

The 40-year-old Harney was arrested Monday. The eight-year police veteran was charged in an arrest warrant with official misconduct, promoting gambling, money laundering and conspiracy. Another man accused of taking bets is James A. Ulmer, 40, who was charged with promoting gambling, money laundering and conspiracy.

Both men were free on bail. They are expected to be arraigned within two weeks.
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Perhaps we'll see lots of NFL referees and back judges amongst the client list.
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Gretzky's wife has also been implicated.
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she was so great in police accademy 4
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Just what hockey needs!

Bettman summoned Tocchet to NYC - heads are going to roll!

By the way, this is actually headline news in Canada - before anything else...not a huge surprise I`m sure...
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A newspaper report from Philly says that Wayne Gretzky placed bets through his wife.

If true, Canada may cease to exist.
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A newspaper report from Philly says that Wayne Gretzky placed bets through his wife.

If true, Canada may cease to exist.


oooh, I think it`s all speculation at this point but that`s interesting. Gretzky did deny knowing anything about this (but of course he will!)
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Unless they bet on hockey, the gambling itself isn't a big deal to me. Jordan bets all sorts of money playing golf and offices everywhere have super bowl pools and ncaa pools.
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and one of the few sports conspiracy theories i actually believe is the one where david stern and michael jordan came to an agreement where he would "retire" for a year rather than risk suspension and embarassment that would result from a hard look by the nba at his gambling practices.

but even this is different, more serious... you can't have an assistant coach being a league wide bookie. it's just too much of a potential compromise of his position.

everyone knew pete rose was a big gambler for years... it never became a problem until he started gambling on baseball. the fear is, and it's not an unrealistic fear, that professional athletes who become heavily involved in gambling put them self at risk for a potentialy compromising situation... i.e. the player ends up in the hole for a few million, and a bookmaker says "no problem... don't cover the spread and we're even"
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Canada will still exist, but Quebec will say that this incident by an Anglophone Canadian has brought shame to the country and will secede. For real this time.
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canda wouldn't cease to exist if gretzky just bet on other sports... if it ever turns up that he actually bet on hockey, then yea... canada would fold.
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We'd have our own civil war.
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Active professional athetes or coaches gambling on other professional sports is different than an average schmo doing it. I agree with Headache.

They have influence and who knows if players on other pro teams aren't gambling on hockey. Like mentioned above, they may be addicted to gambling, and be put in a tight spot. This could lead to points shaving or whatever on the part of an athlete. Remember years ago, when there were reports of the Russian mafia's involvement with some Russian players.

Regardless, it is a bad situation for the NHL and they better address it properly or they will continue to fall in stature as a professional sports league.
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Regardless, it is a bad situation for the NHL and they better address it properly or they will continue to fall in stature as a professional sports league.
I didn't realize the NHL could fall any further...

Sadly, it can now.
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alas it can... there's still the MLS to tackle.

allegedly this entire investigation started a few years back when a reputed mob boss was seen seated in eric lindross' seats at the wachovia center when he was still playing for philly
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