Czech Republic star goalie Dominik Hasek is out of the Olympics with an injury that occurred minutes into his first game in Turin. Hasek told Czech team officials Friday that he was heading home, without a second Olympic medal.
Pavel Kolar, a physical therapist for the Czech team, said Thursday the six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie had a tense muscle in his left leg — an injury he suffered in the first period of Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over Germany.
The Czech Republic’s entry in Men’s Olympic Hockey is facing another injury concern, as New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias suffered bruised ribs during the team’s opening game and is out for the tournament.
Wayne Gretzky will not face criminal charges in connection with a multimillion-dollar sports betting ring busted in New Jersey last week, and he is unlikely to be called to testify against others in the case, his lawyer said Thursday.
Gretzky’s wife, Janet Jones, also is unlikely to face criminal charges in the case, her lawyer said Thursday. Jones wagered more than $100,000 through the ring, a person with knowledge of the investigation has told The Associated Press; her husband was not directly implicated.