A former National Hockey League (NHL) player has avoided seven years in prison despite admitting his involvement in an illegal gambling business that allowed players to bet on sports via multiple offshore iGaming sites.
Nathan Paetsch, who also played for the Rochester Americans (Buffalo’s AHL team), is looking at a potential sentence of eight months of home detention. The 32-year-old would owe the government $265,000 for his actions.
The blueliner has pleaded guilty to transmission of wagering information and structuring a bank transaction to evade reporting requirements.
Paetsch allegedly recruited fellow hockey players to place bets while serving as a collector of debts for the illegal operation. The defenseman’s lawyer has reiterated that no player involved in the betting ring ever bet on a hockey game.