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Pocklington's sentencing postponed

The sentencing hearing for former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has been postponed as he...

The sentencing hearing for former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has been postponed as he works out a plea deal. (REUTERS file photo)

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, Last Updated: 12:27 PM ET

The sentencing hearing for former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has been postponed as he works out a plea deal.

A court document says Pocklington is currently still "in the process of filing his tax returns, providing consent to the government to obtain such tax returns from official sources, and co-operating with the bankruptcy trustee to resolve his bankruptcy case."

The document also said Pocklington has agreed to "fully co-operate" with the U.S. Trustee's Office to detail all assets, liabilities and other matters related to his bankruptcy case.

On May 27, Pocklington pleaded guilty to lying during his bankruptcy proceedings.

Pockington owes the Alberta government about $13 million — the province loaned him $2 million in 1988 for his meat-packaging company. The loan hasn't been paid back, and a Canadian judge has already ruled Pocklington owes Alberta the money.

His sentencing hearing Monday would have coincided with the 22nd anniversary of the day Pocklington traded then Oilers star Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings, a move that broke many hockey-loving Canadian hearts.

The maximum sentence is five years in prison, but it's believed as part of his deal for pleading guilty, Pocklington will get probation and six months of home detention.

The prosecution has asked for a November date for the sentencing hearing.


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