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Great Isle gets bilked

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

ST. PAUL -- Bob Nystrom, the fan favourite of the New York Islanders during their glory years, lost money in the Bernard Madoff scandal that's rocked Wall Street.

But it wasn't a major financial hit, said his son, Flames forward Eric Nystrom.

"We're not living in a cardboard box," Eric Nystrom said yesterday.

"He put some money in a long time ago and just let it ride, I think that's what he did.

"It's a good thing he's a smart guy who knew he had to work after hockey and worked hard at it."

Bob Nystrom is one of thousands of investors who were bilked of some $50 billion in the giant Ponzi scheme that's become one of the biggest financial frauds in history.

Madoff, the former Nasdaq chairman and money manager, was arrested in December after allegedly confessing to his sons that he had stolen from investors for years.

He's accused of using money from new investors to pay clients who wanted to cash out.

Bob Nystrom, nicknamed Mr. Islander and winner of four Stanley Cups with the team, is one of many celebrities who held accounts with Madoff's company.

Among them are New York Mets owner, Fred Wilpon (whose losses are estimated at up to $300 million), former major league pitcher and three-time Cy Young Award winner Sandy Koufax and golfer Ray Floyd. The International Olympic Committee had nearly $5 million invested in Madoff funds, as did many charitable foundations.

Madoff has not been indicted.

Bob Nystrom reportedly had three accounts.

"I don't know if he really wants me talking about it," Eric Nystrom said.

"He's doing fine. Luckily, he's a smart guy and knows what to do. He diversified, but it's too bad there's people like that out there.

"It's not a good thing. A lot of people are in dire straits, lost hundreds of millions of dollars. There are people like that out there, so you have to be careful."

Pro athletes are understandably leery, although you'd think somebody of Madoff's stature would be trustworthy.

"There's not a lot of people you can trust out there, especially when it comes to money," Eric Nystrom said.

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NOTABLES

Flames C Daymond Langkow's hand, injured when hit by a puck against the Vancouver, Canucks isn't broken, according to head coach Mike Keenan. He's day-to-day. ... LW Andre Roy didn't make the road trip and is not expected to play in Edmonton, either ... Flames fans noticed LW Rene Bourque left the game early in the second period with a leg injury, but the Wild also lost a key player. LW Andrew Brunette left in the first period with a "lower body" injury and didn't return. Brunette is the current captain of the Wild, a team that rotates the "C" on a monthly basis ... RW Jarome Iginla, the all-time leading scorer against the Wild, was held off the scoresheet for the third time this season against Minnesota.

SUMMARY

FLAMES 3, WILD 2 (OT)

FIRST PERIOD

1. Calgary, Bourque 21, 3:17

Penalties -- None.

SECOND PERIOD

2. Minnesota, Fritsche 2 (Johnsson) 3:02 (sh)

3. Minnesota, Gillies 2 (Olvecky) 6:56

4. Calgary, Boyd 10 (Sarich) 16:10

Penalties -- Sheppard Min (boarding) 2:14, Bertuzzi Cal (roughing) 7:41.

THIRD PERIOD

No Scoring.

Penalty -- Bouchard Min (tripping) 3:40.

OVERTIME

5. Calgary, Aucoin 10 (Bertuzzi, Regehr) 3:50

Penalties -- None.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Calgary 7 8 6 1--22

Minnesota 11 13 1 2--27

Goal -- Calgary: Kiprusoff (W,34-15-5); Minnesota: Backstrom (L,27-17-3).

Power plays (goals-chances) -- Calgary: 0-2; Minnesota: 0-1.

Referees -- Rob Martell, Brad Meier.

Linesmen -- Mike Cvik, Shane Heyer.

ATT -- 18,568 (18,064).


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