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June 3, 1992 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Now that Rick Tocchet has won his first Stanley Cup, he wouldn't dream of rubbing it in the face of the Flyers, the team that traded him away in February. The thought of giving the Flyers a gentle barb never even entered Tocchet's mind. It would be unseemly, ungentlemanly and crude to say, "I told you so. " After the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-5, Monday night to complete a sweep and win their second straight Stanley Cup, Tocchet told a radio broadcaster that he planned to parade through downtown Pittsburgh with the Cup on his shoulders.
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August 18, 2007 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former Flyers star Rick Tocchet avoided time in the ultimate penalty box yesterday when a Superior Court judge sentenced him to two years' probation for his admitted role in a multimillion-dollar sports-betting ring. "I regret I was involved in this," the one-time hockey standout said before Judge Thomas S. Smith Jr. imposed sentence. In May, Tocchet pleaded guilty to conspiracy and gambling charges, admitting he partnered with a New Jersey state trooper in a bookmaking operation that took millions of dollars in bets on professional and college football games between September 2002 and February 2006.
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January 16, 2003 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rick Tocchet has landed in Colorado. The 38-year-old former Flyers right wing, who was forced out of hockey last season because of recurrent knee problems yet never announced his retirement, has joined the Colorado Avalanche as an assistant coach. An 18-year veteran player, he would actually bring more professional hockey experience behind the Avs' bench than rookie head coach Tony Granato, who had 12 years of playing experience before retiring. Granato replaced the fired Bob Hartley on Dec. 18. Tocchet was en route to Colorado last night and could not be reached for comment.
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November 28, 1991 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rick Tocchet may have become a victim of his own success. The only Flyer to have scored 30 or more goals in each of the last four seasons, Tocchet this season has been the focus of the NHL's best defensemen and checkers. The sturdy right winger went into last night's game against Hartford at the Spectrum with eight goals in 20 games. Last season, he had 12 goals after 20 games and finished with a team-high 40. When the Flyers traded away team captain Ron Sutter in September, they named Tocchet to succeed him, probably because he was one of the most popular players on the team and a good organizer.
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November 12, 1987 | By JAY GREENBERG, Daily News Sports Writer
Mike Keenan denies that he benched Rick Tocchet for much of the Flyers' 5-2 loss in St. Louis Tuesday night because he refused to fight. "It's a lie," the Flyers coach said yesterday morning before the team flew home. "Rick Tocchet was benched because he was playing poorly. And that's the only reason. " When asked for his reaction to the benching after the game, Tocchet had said, "I'm getting some momentum. I'm not going to go out and just fight. " Tocchet had no further comment yesterday.
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March 31, 1992 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
On a pleasant Sunday afternoon about 2 1/2 years ago, Rick Tocchet was showing a reporter and a photographer around the sprawling house he was having built in Voorhees, N.J. Tocchet was eager and obliging, pointing to walls that were nothing more than wooden frames, explaining how the rooms would look when they were finished and furnished. At 25, Tocchet was just taking over from Tim Kerr as the leading scorer and the marquee player for the Flyers, Patrick Division playoff champions the previous spring.
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February 18, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
The NHL has seen no evidence players bet on league games through a gambling ring allegedly operated by Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said yesterday. It was the first public disclosure by the league of the findings of its investigation, which is running in tandem with a criminal probe. Tocchet, the former Flyers star, along with a New Jersey state trooper and a third man are accused of running a ring that authorities say handled $1.7 million in bets during the six weeks leading up to this month's Super Bowl.
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December 6, 2000 | by Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Rick Tocchet is the most penalized Flyer in franchise history, playing on what currently is the least-penalized team in the NHL. Tocchet amassed 109 points and 252 penalty minutes in the 1992-93 season, an unreachable combination in today's league, in which fighting and scoring are less frequent than they were a decade ago. Tocchet is a 36-year-old relic from another era that somehow survived into this one, a less-camera-shy Loch Ness Monster....
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February 7, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Rick Tocchet is rejoining the staff of Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky after an absence of 2 years while he dealt with legal issues surrounding his involvement with illegal gambling. "This was a mistake. The whole thing makes you feel bad," Tocchet said yesterday. "I feel bad for my parents and everybody else that this went down, but the bottom line is that after everybody did due diligence, I'm going to be back coaching again tomorrow. " Tocchet took a leave of absence since being charged in February 2006.
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April 28, 1989 | By Jay Greenberg, Daily News Sports Writer
Pat Croce describes the "gapping" process that cleared Rick Tocchet for return to active duty as "stressing the joint. " That means Croce, the Flyers' physical conditioning and rehabilitation coach, twisted Tocchet's knee yesterday morning until he yelled. If the patient curses the day his mother was born, then he is not ready, and goes back on the day-to-day list. If he merely calls Croce by his given first name - Pasquale - then he can play. Tocchet, who missed the last two games because of a hyperextended right knee, was good enough to go Penguin-hunting last night.
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January 22, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
RICK TOCCHET'S glimpse of hockey's best rivalry over the past few years has been no different than that of just about anyone in the general public. He offered commentary on the Flyers' games with the Penguins as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet, but was really stuck watching the blood baths from afar as an outsider. On the inside now as Penguins assistant coach to Mike Johnston, Tocchet can appreciate the view. "You could feel the hate just boarding the bus to come to the rink," Tocchet said.
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July 24, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ANYBODY WHO met Dan Borislow understood almost instantly they were dealing with a larger-than-life figure - in business, at the racetrack, as a gambler, in life, savoring anything and everything he did. The Plymouth Whitemarsh and Widener University grad made millions in the telecom business, first with Tel-Save, a long-distance telephone-service provider and, more recently, with "magicJack," the device that enables people to make long-distance calls...
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July 1, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
DESPITE A TOTAL regime change from Paul Holmgren to Ron Hextall, the NHL draft operated about the same as it has in past years for the Flyers. That's because director of scouting Chris Pryor remained at the helm. Perhaps the only difference was the major emphasis the Flyers put internally on making their picks in rounds 2-7 count. The NHL draft, unlike some other sports, is usually such a hit-or-miss event that teams are statistically doing well if any player picked after the second round actually skates a game in the NHL. Other organizations, like Detroit, for instance, seem to hit more than they miss.
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June 30, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT HAD BEEN a long 3 hours for Gary Bettman. He was lustily booed by a sellout crowd at the Wells Fargo Center no fewer than 35 times. Once, for a 4-minute span, Bettman was drowned out by a chorus of catcalls that peaked and waned then peaked again. As he left the building after the first round of the NHL draft, Bettman was . . . elated? "It could not have been better. I think it's great," Bettman said. "To have that energy in this building like that?" If nothing else, Flyers fans bring energy.
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April 26, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
EVEN THOUGH A Stanley Cup hasn't been added to the trophy case since 1975, the Flyers usually are in contention. That's obviously not the case this season as the Orange & Black failed to reach the playoffs for just the ninth time in franchise history. Here's a quick look at the years the Flyers missed the postseason with some of the key moves that resulted: 1969-70 - 17-35-24 Recap: Blew a seven-point lead with six games left and lost out on a tiebreaker with the Oakland Seals.
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November 23, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The only head coach of a major professional sports team who is also a convicted gambler sat in an unoccupied St. Petersburg Times Forum office Wednesday and tried to explain why that resume wasn't as bizarre as it appeared. "I can sleep at night knowing what I did and who I am," said Rick Tocchet, who, on Nov. 14, despite a 2007 gambling conviction, was named interim coach of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. "I'm a fair guy, and I would never compromise this game. Ever. " The Lightning's hiring of the fiery-eyed former Flyers star capped an astonishing comeback for a man who 15 months earlier had walked out of a Mount Holly courthouse and into an uncertain future, as a felon.
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February 7, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Rick Tocchet is rejoining the staff of Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky after an absence of 2 years while he dealt with legal issues surrounding his involvement with illegal gambling. "This was a mistake. The whole thing makes you feel bad," Tocchet said yesterday. "I feel bad for my parents and everybody else that this went down, but the bottom line is that after everybody did due diligence, I'm going to be back coaching again tomorrow. " Tocchet took a leave of absence since being charged in February 2006.
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October 31, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Rick Tocchet will meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman this week, sources have confirmed to ESPN.com. Tocchet, a former Flyers forward and Phoenix assistant coach, has been on "leave" since allegations surfaced in February 2006 that he was part of an illegal betting ring while with the Coyotes. The meeting is expected to bring to a close a long, troubling chapter for the league. Still, depending on the tone and tenor of the discussion, a decision on Tocchet's ability to return to the NHL might not be forthcoming until next week.
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August 18, 2007 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former Flyers star Rick Tocchet avoided time in the ultimate penalty box yesterday when a Superior Court judge sentenced him to two years' probation for his admitted role in a multimillion-dollar sports-betting ring. "I regret I was involved in this," the one-time hockey standout said before Judge Thomas S. Smith Jr. imposed sentence. In May, Tocchet pleaded guilty to conspiracy and gambling charges, admitting he partnered with a New Jersey state trooper in a bookmaking operation that took millions of dollars in bets on professional and college football games between September 2002 and February 2006.
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August 4, 2007 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
James Harney was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday for running a multimillion-dollar gambling ring, but the man he described as his equal partner - former Flyer Rick Tocchet - likely won't face jail time. The difference? Harney ran his bookmaking operation while serving as a New Jersey State Police trooper. He even took phone bets while on patrol, authorities said. "That's what separates him from the other defendants," said Harney's attorney, Craig Mitnick. Harney, 41, of Marlton, pleaded guilty in Superior Court exactly one year earlier to conspiracy, promoting gambling, and official misconduct charges.
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