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Tocchet avoids jail, gets two years probation

Updated: August 22, 2007, 4:17 PM ET
Associated Press

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. -- A former NHL player and assistant coach who ran an illegal sports gambling ring won't serve jail time despite international headlines linking the case to hockey's biggest star.

Rick Tocchet was ordered Friday to serve two years' probation for his role in the gambling ring.

Tocchet, 43, could have received up to five years in state prison. However, there is a presumption against incarceration for first-time offenders who plead guilty to third- or fourth-degree crimes.

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