Tocchet to Return in February
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced earlier today a press conference in New York City that Rick Tocchet will be reinstated into the league effective February 7, 2008. The date will mark two years since Tocchet first announced that he was taking a leave of absence from his assistant coach position for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Bettman realizes that many out there believe that Tocchet should never be permitted to be part of league activities again. However he believes that those people need to take a step back and look at the entire picture instead of focusing on the negatives of Tocchet’s actions:
“There are those who suggest that Mr. Tocchet should be prohibited from resuming active status in the league for an extremely long and additional period of time, perhaps forever,” said Bettman. “In my view, those who would make such a suggestion are not familiar with all the facts and are still focused on the original headlines.”
Coyotes Head Coach and Part-Owner Wayne Gretzky formally announced through a press release that the team will allow Tocchet to resume his position as assistant coach:
“We respect the Commissioner’s decision and are relieved that this situation is behind us,” stated Gretzky. “We will welcome Rick Tocchet back on Feb. 7, 2008.”
Personally, I’m glad to hear that Tocchet will be back after all. He was found to never have placed any bets at all on hockey and as long as that holds up, his return is more than fine with me.