Rick Tocchet will likely walk away without jail time when he’s sentenced for running an illegal sports gambling ring, despite international headlines linking the case to professional hockey’s biggest star. Tocchet could get up to five years in state prison Friday for promoting gambling and conspiracy, charges to which he pleaded guilty in May.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called Sam Pollock’s influence on the hockey world “unmatched” a day after the former Montreal Canadiens vice president and general manager’s death. “Sam Pollock’s legacy extends far beyond the nine Stanley Cup championships the Canadiens won in his 14 years of leadership,” Bettman said in a statement.
The New Jersey Devils signed defenseman Paul Martin to a multiyear contract on Thursday. Terms were not immediately available. “Paul Martin is an all-situations type of defenseman, and has developed into one of the more talented young players in the National Hockey League,” Devils chief executive Lou Lamoriello said.
Sam Pollock, who built a hockey dynasty as vice president and general manager of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1960s and 1970s, has died. He was 81. A moment of silence was held before the Toronto Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre on Wednesday in honor of Pollock, who served as an executive with the
Bobby Carpenter, the first American-born player to score 50 goals in an NHL season, will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in October. The newest class of members that includes goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, forward Aaron Broten and former Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes was revealed Wednesday by USA Hockey.
Former San Jose Sharks forward Mark Bell has pleaded no contest to drunken driving and hit-and-run charges and will serve six months in a Santa Clara County jail, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Bell, who was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in June, had faced nearly four years in state prison if convicted of the
Defenseman Joe DiPenta signed a one-year contract with the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. DiPenta, who had two goals and six assists in 76 games last season, is set to enter his third year with the Ducks. He went scoreless in 16 playoff games. DiPenta, 28, signed with the Ducks as a free
Former NHL tough guy Basil McRae was hired as a part-time amateur scout on Tuesday by the St. Louis Blues, one of seven franchises for which he played. Blues president John Davidson said McRae, who accumulated 2,457 penalty minutes in 576 games, would have primary responsibilities in the major junior Ontario Hockey League.
The San Jose Sharks re-signed goalie Dimitri Patzold to a one-year contract on Monday. The Sharks extended a qualifying offer in late June to Patzold, who went 10-8-3 with a 3.35 goals-against average for the Sharks’ AHL affiliate in Worcester, Mass., last season. The former fourth-round pick will compete with Thomas Greiss and Taylor Dakers
The local group bidding to buy the Nashville Predators announced its remaining five partners Monday. David Freeman, chief executive officer of 36 Venture Capital, is the lead investor who spoke on behalf of the group Aug. 1 when they confirmed their $193 million offer included a $10 million deposit. William “Boots” Del Biaggio, a minority
The Phoenix Coyotes signed goalie Alex Auld to a one-year contract on Monday. Auld, 26, went 7-13-5 with a 3.34 goals-against average last season with Florida. He is 46-44-13 in five NHL seasons with Florida and Vancouver, with a 2.89 GAA and .902 save percentage. Auld played for Canada in the 2006 World Hockey Championship
The Phoenix Coyotes sent center Kevyn Adams to the Chicago Blackhawks for right winger Radim Vrbata on Saturday. The 26-year-old Vrbata was the Blackhawks’ second-leading scorer last season and set career highs in points (41) and assists (27). He has 75 goals and 95 assists in seven seasons with Colorado, Carolina and Chicago.