GAMBLOR: Ex-Flyer Turned Bookie Sentenced

As expected, former Philadelphia Flyers hockey player Rick Tocchet was sentenced Friday to two years’ probation for his involvement in an illegal gambling operation. Tocchet, 43, who now lives in Phoenix,tocchet.jpeg Ariz., pleaded guilty three months ago to counts of promoting gambling and conspiracy (see related story). Tocchet is on an indefinite leave from his position as assistant coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Tocchet admitted he was part of an illegal sports betting ring between September 2002 and February 2006. The ring, based in the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas, took in millions of dollars in bets from all over the country. Just two weeks ago, a former New Jersey state trooper, 41-year-old James Harney of Marlton, NJ, was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiring with Tocchet in promoting the sports betting ring.


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