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As expected, former NHL player Rick Tocchet pleaded guilty today to gambling-related charges.  However, he may escape jail time since first-time offenders for the crimes he has admitted to usually don't go to prison.

Tocchet, 43, had played for six teams over a 22-year career and was an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes when he was charged in the gambling operation. The scandal splashed onto Phoenix head coach and hockey icon Wayne Gretzky because Gretzky's wife, Janet Jones, was named as a client of the Tocchet gambling business. However, there has been no evidence so far that The Great One ever placed an illegal bet with Tocchet. Tocchet also said that he did not bet on pro hockey.

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