Kostitsyns linked to alleged mobster

SLAM! Sports staff

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

A French-language newspaper in Montreal is reporting that two players with the Montreal Canadiens have been linked to a suspected mobster.

In a story that appeared in today’s edition, La Presse reported that Canadiens forwards Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn are good friends with 38-year-old Pasquale Mangiola, an alleged member of organized crime recently arrested in a police operation.

La Presse says Mangiola provided the Belarusian brothers with services during meetings at bars, including girls and the use of luxury cars.

Canadiens defenceman Roman Hamrlik also has connections with Mangiola, according to the story. He was seen in bars in the company of Mangiola.

Mangiola was arrested in what police are calling ‘Project Axe’ and is facing six counts of conspiracy, along with possession and trafficking of cocaine and an illegal weapons charge.

Police allegedly recorded phone calls between the Kostitsyns and Mangiola during the course of their investigation.

But police are not commenting on the alleged links between the Kostitsyns and Mangiola cited by La Presse.

“Concerning the numerous rumours that have been running around last night and this morning, they are still rumours as far as we are concerned,” Constable Yannick Oimet said. “We do not comment on investigations like Axe that are before the courts.”

Sergei Kostitsyn was sent to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL earlier this week while his elder brother Andrei had one goal and two assists in a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last night.


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