It's hard to believe that it's been two years since Operation Slapshot went down, but it’s even harder to believe that certain individuals within the NHL had a hand in the illegal gambling ring.
Among those implicated in the fiasco that shocked the hockey world was Phoenix Coyotes associate coach and former NHLer, Rick Tocchet.
Tocchet was at first said to be the main financial backer of high-level, underground operation that involved a New Jersey State Trooper, among many others in the northeast.
But as details surfaced, Tocchet became less and less a target of the investigation and was named simply as a participant. He pled guilty to promotion of gambling and conspiracy to promote gambling. These were minor offenses, and when all was said and done Tocchet received just two years of probation and a three-month suspension from the NHL.
Speaking of participants, whatever happened to all the talk about Janet Gretzky betting up to $500,000 on games? I suppose those details were swept under a very large rug.
In any case, Tocchet's three-month suspension has been lifted and he will be reappearing in the NHL tonight as the Desert Dogs host the Columbus Blue Jackets.
All this talk about gambling makes me want to go do a ProLine. Till next time...