New Jersey authorities said today they had busted a nationwide sports gambling ring financed by an NHL coach and run in part by a state police trooper.
Phoenix Coyotes associate coach Rick Tocchet was served with a criminal complaint yesterday evening and was expected to travel from his Arizona home to answer charges of promoting gambling, money laundering and conspiracy, said state police Col. Rick Fuentes.
Fuentes said over a 40-day period an investigation into the New Jersey-based ring discovered the processing of more than 1,000 wagers, exceeding $1.7 million, on professional and collegiate sports, mostly football and baseball. About a dozen current NHL players placed wagers, said Fuentes, who declined to identify them.
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