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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 1997-00. 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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Action News has learned that the ring could also be linked to former Philadelphia Flyer Mark Recchi - who now plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Janet Jones - who is the wife of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, and the ring could be tied to the crime family of Bruno Scarfo

If Recchi was involved, it would explain why he sucks so bad this season. He's been betting against them.

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As per today's NY Post, that a-hole in Bren's avatar, JR, is implicated.

GGG-do the Flyers practice a lot at that rink off the AC Expressway right outside of AC? It's gotta be a little strange to be told that "gambling is bad" by the league, and a few hundred yards away grandmas are selling their blood for the slots.

Gott say-given Jagr's previous problems, I'm kinda worried. But his name would've surfaced by now, I'd like to think.

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As per today's NY Post, that a-hole in Bren's avatar, JR, is implicated.

GGG-do the Flyers practice a lot at that rink off the AC Expressway right outside of AC? It's gotta be a little strange to be told that "gambling is bad" by the league, and a few hundred yards away grandmas are selling their blood for the slots.

Gott say-given Jagr's previous problems, I'm kinda worried. But his name would've surfaced by now, I'd like to think.

Bugg, are you saying that the F'ers should get a free pass because of the temptation of being close to Atlantic City? ;)

Roenick is the Pete Rose of hockey!!

Here's a betting tip: Find out who Jagr bet and then BET THE OPPOSITE.

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....first a lock out, now a gambling scandal (and my money says the greatest to ever play the game, Wayne Gretsky himself, was involved using his wife's name) ......could this be the final death blow to professional hockey?

GGG would say stay out of hockey forum to you Garb- but the ramifactions of this is still unknown -who the players are and how deeply they are involved in organized crime

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Why? It is a legitimate question. As you stated, depending on who was involved and how deeply, this could hurt the sport beyond repair - and no one would be happier than the budding Professional Lacrosse League.

Anyway, like I said, I only watch hockey when I am actually at a game, during the playoffs or the Bean Pot Tourney. Speaking of which, my Huskies (yup, my school with the 1-18-1 record this season LOL!) got smoked by the BC Eagles. BU squeaked by Harvard. So, the Ice Kings meet up for the Pot on Monday Night. Put your money on the Eagles ;)

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Why? It is a legitimate question. As you stated, depending on who was involved and how deeply, this could hurt the sport beyond repair - and no one would be happier than the budding Professional Lacrosse League.

Anyway, like I said, I only watch hockey when I am actually at a game, during the playoffs or the Bean Pot Tourney. Speaking of which, my Huskies (yup, my school with the 1-18-1 record this season LOL!) got smoked by the BC Eagles. BU squeaked by Harvard. So, the Ice Kings meet up for the Pot on Monday Night. Put your money on the Eagles ;)

Just teasing you Garb- hockey will survive- the die hards are more passionate than just about any sport fans I know

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Just saying it is hypocritical from the NHL and the Flyers to set up a practice faicility a slapshot from the casinos in AC, and then get bent out of shape about this. The only reason they practice there is because of the casinos. Other than that, AC is is still a complete sh!thouse.

They should legalize sport gambling and be done with it. Keep it above board, make these players keep an open book to their league and ban them from betting on their own sports and stop pretending it's the end of the world. Because in the same newspapers that will decry this, you can flip a few pages over and find the pointspreads, odds and betting advice every day. The guy in the Daily News, "The Mighty Quinn", is a high school teacher at a Bay Ridge Catholic school. So make up your minds-either gambling is illegal or it's a harmless thing many people do.

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my money says the greatest to ever play the game, Wayne Gretsky himself, was involved using his wife's name)

Wow. I hadn't ever thought that it was Wayne who was involved and he was just using Janet. :rolleyes::shock:

Hi, this is Janet, I'm Wayne's wife. I'm calling from a pay phone. When you get a chance, can you be a dear and get me the line on the Pro Bowl this weekend? Call me back on my celly and don't use my name. Thanks.

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.....that was some big money she was wagering. That's a lot of shoes! :lol:

Thing is - busting chops aside - what's the big deal here? They bet on football......so? The only BIG DEAL is if it impacted the game of Hockey - you know, mob guy extorts information on injuries.....makes someone throw a game.....stuff like that. And maybe I am just hopeful (yup, me hopeful, who would have thunk) that a sport, any sport, even hockey, will not be tarnished like that. I would like to think that a great player like Wayne Gretsky has more respect for the game than for the mighty dollar.

Plus, who bets on Hockey? :eek:

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Garb: EXACTLY RIGHT!!! WHO BETS ON HOCKEY?

Gretzky has had a fairly squeaky clean image up to now. I have a feeling that he will come out relatively unscathed.

Either way, this whole incident will put the old saying, "any publicity is good publicity" to the test for the NHL.

I met Wayne Gretzky and i cannot believe he was involved in gambling, I do Believe his wife is involved and is probably an addict. This will hurt the great one's image in any event. He is already in deep sh*t as they have recordings of him on tape. He stated yesterday on national TV that he knew nothing.....

I do believe he knew what was going on, and that his wife is up the creek this time. A terrible actress with an addiction and not sex related...

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