Longtime NHL executive Jim Gregory dies at 83
Jim Gregory, the Hockey Hall of Famer and popular longtime NHL executive best known for being one of the first to start bringing European players to North America, has died. He was 83.
The league said Gregory died Wednesday at his home in Toronto. A cause of death was not disclosed.
Gregory spent a decade as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from the late 1960s until the late 1970s and was one of the first to import European players, most notably Swede Borje Salming.
He spent almost 40 years with the NHL as director of central scouting, executive director of hockey operations and senior vice president of hockey operations and supervision.
“It is impossible to express the extent to which the National Hockey League family adored Jim Gregory and the loss we feel as a result of his passing,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Jim wasn’t just a great ‘hockey man,’ though he certainly was that. He was a great man — a devoted husband to Rosalie, his wife of 60 years; father to Andrea, Valerie, Maureen and David; grandfather of 13; and mentor and friend to too many to number.”
Known around the sport as “Mr. Gregory,” he served as chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee from 1998-2014 and was a fixture at the NHL draft and other league events. (AP)
VIENNA (AFP) — An Austrian skier caught on camera apparently carrying out a blood transfusion when caught by police in a doping raid was sentenced on Wednesday for sports fraud.
Max Hauke, who has already received a four-year ban by the Austrian Anti-Doping Agency, was one of numerous athletes in the world of skiing and cycling and beyond caught up in the ‘Aderlass’ doping scandal.
A court in Innsbruck sentenced the former cross-country skier to a fivemonth suspended jail sentence for “serious sports fraud.” He was also fined 480 euros ($530).
The 27-year-old, who pleaded guilty to taking growth hormones and blood doping but not to causing sponsors damages amounting to 50,000 euros as accused, can appeal the verdict.
Hauke has admitted to blood doping from April 2016 until his arrest during the Nordic skiing world championships in the Austrian resort of Seefeld in February.
“I knew I was talented, and I believed what was needed to get to the top was doping,” said Hauke, who has apologized for his action.