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Tocchet Sentenced

It's not nearly as juicy as the scandals that have rocked the NBA and NFL, but it's definitely still worth mentioning.

Former NHL player and Coyotes associate coach Rick Tocchet was convicted this morning on third degree conspiracy to promote gambling and third degree promoting gambling.

From TSN:

Tocchet, who appeared in Superior Court on Friday morning in New Jersey as a first-time offender, received two years probation concurrently on each count and will not likely serve jail time.
Under New Jersey law, third-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of five years in state prison, while third-degree gambling offenses also carry a criminal fine of up to $25,000.
Tocchet has been on indefinite leave from his job as Wayne Gretzky's top assistant coach with the Coyotes since he was charged in February of 2006.
Neither Coyotes nor NHL officials have decided whether to allow him to return.

Did Tocchet get off easy?

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 17, 2007; 11:04 AM ET
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I think he should have gotten 4-6 months and a 20,000 grand fine, but that's just me. I have to think that the judge would have come down harder on him if he had bet on hockey.

Posted by: EricS | August 17, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The talk is that Michael Vick is going to get a year in jail if he accepts a plea bargain.

I guess the moral of the story is get involved in bookmaking and illegal gambling and stay away from fighting dogs.

Posted by: Muddapucker | August 17, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I think NBA ref Tim Donaghy might disagree with that idea Muddapucker.

Tocchet probably did get off a little easy considering the scope of what he was involved in.

Posted by: SM | August 17, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

From the AP article, "Tocchet, 43, could have received up to five years in state prison. However, there is a presumption against incarceration for first-time offenders who plead guilty to third- or fourth-degree crimes."

Looks like he got what he deserved, but he better not be welcomed back into the NHL and its coaching ranks. Especially considering the current enviornment with what happened in the NBA.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | August 17, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Who F-ing cares? He was helping people bet on NFL games. Who doesn't? There are even pools for teachers in public schools. The only thing more popular to bet on is March Madness.

Posted by: Cheapseats Bob | August 17, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The comment "Helping people bet on NFL games. Who doesn't?" calls for some response. This wasn't just your little local office pool here, with people playing around with a relatively small amounts of money, for fun. What Tocchet and company were involved in was big bucks gambling, and it's not just a "who cares" situation. And if he weren't Rick Tocchet, he would have ended up in jail.

Posted by: George H. | August 17, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

No! They would not have "ended up in jail" they would have ended up on probation for a first offense. And yes these were rich people betting more money than I bet, but my lawyer friend's office pool has a $1000 buy in, more than my high school for March Madness. Do you really believe that MJ plays golf for a dollar a hole? Again, who cares? It would have been legal if they had driven 300 miles north to Las Vegas, but would it actually have ben different?

Posted by: Cheapseats Bob | August 17, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

No, Cheapseats, it wouldn't have been any different. Fixing games and taking bets are different things. The NBA ref was slanting the betting field. Tocchet was a bookie. Its ok when Nevadans or Native Americans do it, as long as the Feds get their cut. Tocchet wasn't sending them a cut. I think that there is little difference between the mob and the govt, except for the fact that the mob guys came up poor and the Bushes came up rich.

Posted by: 007 | August 17, 2007 8:29 PM | Report abuse

There's a difference between making book and fixing games...
Donaghy out to get castrated and then get his jail time.

Posted by: Muddapucker | August 19, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't think he got off all that easy if and it's a big IF he isn't allowed to be involved in the NHL ever again. If a coach, assistant coach or whatever he was is found to be involved in any way with gambling it could taint the whole integrity of the game. To me it isn't a big deal for an everyday joe, but you can't let that infect a pro sports league. He should be banned just like Rose.

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