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Gretzky's wife allegedly placed bets in gambling ring

Updated: February 9, 2006, 9:47 AM ET
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Wayne Gretzky's wife and about a half-dozen NHL players allegedly placed bets -- but not on hockey -- with a nationwide sports gambling ring financed by Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet, authorities said Tuesday.

At the request of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Tocchet did not attend the Coyotes' game against the Blackhawks on Tuesday night. In a statement, the Coyotes said Tocchet "was flying back East this evening to address the allegations in a meeting with Bettman." ...

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