The Canadian women's hockey team continued its dominance by defeating the Swedes to win gold in Turino. Over the span of the Olympic tournament, they crushed their opponents by a margin of 46-2 over their first five games. The men's team though proved to be a total disappointment. They got through the preliminary round but lost 2-0 to the Russian squad in their quarter-final matchup today. Their biggest problem proved to be their inability to score goals. Over the last four games, they scored just 3 goals and those were all scored in the first period against the Czechs. Martin Gerber, Antero Niittymaki and Evgeny Nabokov all managed to shutout the Canadian team.
The New Jersey state attorney general dropped a bombshell on the hockey world today by charging current Phoenix Coyotes assistant-coach Rick Tocchet and two New Jersey State Troopers on charges relating to illegal sports gambling. Rick Tocchet, a 41-year-old former hockey player who is an assistant coach with the Coyotes, was charged with promoting gambling, money laundering and conspiracy. James Harney, a 40-year-old New Jersey state trooper was charged with official misconduct, promoting gambling and money laundering. James Ulmer, 40, of Swedesboro, New Jersey was charged with promoting gambling, money laundering and conspiracy. These charges come after an investigation that began last fall and are being refered by the authorities as "Operation Slap Shot
". Reports indicate that the state police were able to infiltrate the gambling syndicate and collected detailed evidence.