Long­time NHL ex­ec­u­tive Jim Gregory dies at 83

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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.

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