MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) -Former NHL player Rick Tocchet pleaded guilty Friday to running a sports gambling ring, but might not have to serve any jail time.
Tocchet, who played for Phialdelphia, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington and Phoenix in a career that spanned 22 seasons, is on leave from his job as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Coyotes. He pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to promote gambling and promoting gambling. Such offenses usually do not carry a jail sentence for first-time offenders.
The 43-year-old Tocchet is the third man to plead guilty in the case, which New Jersey authorities dubbed ``Operation Slapshot.'' The others are expected to get jail time.

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