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Marty Turco allegedly wagers with fan during game




Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL, Rumors,

Marty TurcoDespite not having played in a game since March 17, Chicago Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco is making headlines. Turco is under investigation for allegedly wagering on Tuesday night’s Blackhawks game against the Montreal Canadiens while on the bench. A Habs fan called into a Montreal-based radio show to talk about how he and Turco made several bets about how the game would end up. After losing 2-1 in overtime, Turco paid up in several Canadian bills.

A picture posted on Twitter shows Turco accepting a $5 bill from the fan. Earlier today, ESPNChicago.com posted a text message sent by Turco admitting that he took the money from the fan, on which was written “Habs Rules!” and gave it back after crossing out “Habs” and writing “Turco.” He did not admit that he and the fan had made any bets, which goes against Exhibit 14.2 of the NHL CBA, which says “gambling on any NHL Game is prohibited” and applies directly to players.

Turco is riding out the tail end of a one-year, $1.3 million contract he signed with the Hawks after they parted with Antii Niemi last summer. Turco has been less-than-excellent, posing a 11-11-3 record with a 3.02 goals against average and .897 save percentage. He’s only appeared in five games since Feb. 1. With an impending investigation regarding whether Turco bet a trivial amount of money on a game in which he played will probably further take him mentally off balance, so he probably won’t appear in any of Chicago’s final three games.

Those games start against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night before the Hawks take on the Detroit Red Wings in a home-and-home series to finish the regular season. They’re currently holding onto the final playoff psot in the Western Conference, holding both the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames at bay. They have a game-in-hand over the Flames, but with a pair to play against the newly-clinched Central Division Champions, Corey Crawford will probably get the start all through the weekend.

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