Marty Turco’s NHL career may be winding down, but maybe the Chicago Blackhawks backup goaltender is pondering a future in wagering.
Turco allegedly made several bets with a fan Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
A man claiming to be a Montreal Canadiens season-ticket holder said he made a few wagers with Turco while the game was in progress.
Turco, 35, who has been used sparingly by the Blackhawks, was sitting on the bench at the time. The fan told his story to Montreal sports radio station The Team 990 after the Habs’ 2-1 overtime win.
The man was in the stands sitting next to Turco and said the friendly wagering started after Habs forward Mike Cammalleri opened the scoring in the second period.
“I bet him, after the Canadiens scored, that Chicago wouldn’t score again,” he said.
Minutes later, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane tied the game, and the man honoured the wager.
“When they scored, I gave him five bucks – I slipped it through the glass – he took it with no questions whatsoever.“
The man says he wrote “Habs rule” on the bill before handing it over.
Turco and the fan then apparently increased the bet on which team would score next, but there were no further goals until the overtime period.
“Into the overtime, I went, ‘Marty, I’ll give you 5-to-1 the Canadiens win the game,’” the fan said.
“He took the bet. When the Canadiens scored in overtime, he handed me back a wad of five-dollar bills.”
Among the bills, the man said, was the five-dollar note from the original bet. Turco had crossed out “Habs” and instead wrote “Turco rules!”
“Turco was incredible. I gave him a hard time all night,” the man said.
An NHL spokesperson told ESPN Wednesday that the league has no comment on the matter.
Gambling is prohibited by players as outlined in Exhibit 14.2 of the NHL CBA.