January 22, 2015 |
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.
July 24, 2014 |
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...
July 1, 2014 |
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.
June 30, 2014 |
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.
April 26, 2013 |
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.
November 23, 2008 |
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.
February 7, 2008 |
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.
October 31, 2007 |
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.
August 18, 2007 |
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.
August 4, 2007 |
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.