The gambling case against former NHL star Rick Tocchet could take a significant step forward Thursday when a New Jersey state trooper accused of running a multimillion-dollar sports betting operation with Tocchet is expected to plead guilty.
The attorney for one of the men involved with the case said he anticipates James Harney, an eight-year veteran of the State Police, will cooperate with the state in its case against Tocchet and, possibly, James Ulmer as part of a plea agreement. Edwin Jacobs Jr., the attorney representing Ulmer, also told ESPN.com on Wednesday that Harney’s plea agreement has been anticipated for some time.
Russia will not sign a transfer agreement with the National Hockey League just weeks after ratifying the deal, the country’s ice hockey chief said on Wednesday.
Vladislav Tretyak, president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RIHF), said the proposed agreement was not in the best interest of Russian clubs.