Probation likely for Peter Pocklington

Updated: October 27, 2010, 4:25 AM ET
Associated Press

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington is expected to be given probation by a Southern California judge for pleading guilty to a perjury charge.

Prosecutors have recommended the 68-year-old Pocklington be sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation, including six months of home detention, and 100 hours of community service.

Pocklington pleaded guilty to a single perjury count in May for making false statements and oaths in his bankruptcy case. He could have received a maximum 10-year prison term.

Pocklington acquired the Oilers in the late 1970s and stunned fans when he traded Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988.

He sold the club in 1998. The Oilers won five Stanley Cup titles during his ownership.


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