League Investigation Finds Little

Nothing you haven’t heard already, but ESPN is reporting that the NHL’s probe initially shows no evidence of NHL bets.

An independent investigator hired by the NHL to probe allegations of a gambling syndicate operated by Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet has interviewed NHL players and team officials, almost four dozen in all, and has yet to uncover any evidence the game’s integrity has been compromised by people betting on league games, sources close to the investigation told ESPN.com.

The initial results of the ongoing investigation, headed by former federal prosecutor Bob Cleary, suggest the gambling operation, which law enforcement officials allege was funded by Tocchet, is extremely narrow in focus and essentially extends only to a group of friends and associates close to Tocchet.

A source familiar with the NHL’s investigation said the questions asked did not delve into the gambling habits of the players beyond whether they had any connection with the Tocchet probe.

“It was pretty specific,” the source told ESPN.com.

The article also has a reminder about the NHL’s gambling policy:

Prohibits gambling on any NHL game but does not have a policy against other sports betting. Also has a general morality clause in the standard player’s contract that says players must “refrain from conduct detrimental to the best interests of the club, the league or professional hockey generally.”

ESPN.com has also had a good round-up of “Operation Slapshot” on the right-side the article.

Posted by David M Singer on Apr 11, 2006 at 02:28 AM
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