No loose lips for Olympic officials

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

TURIN -- While a betting scandal rocked the hockey world, Olympic officials remained tightlipped last night.

With Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson en route to Turin and unavailable for comment, the CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee wasn't about to wade into the issue. Chris Rudge wouldn't comment about reports that Janet Jones, the wife of Team Canada executive director Wayne Gretzky, and some NHL players have been linked to a New Jersey gambling debacle with Phoenix assistant coach Rick Tocchet.

"We've received all the media reports just like everybody else and I think rather than get involved in speculation, I just think it would be better off if we didn't make any comments," said Rudge yesterday.

A report in the New York Post said the RCMP is investigating the matter and if any Canadian players are involved, they could be blocked from making the trip to Turin.

Hockey Canada spokesman Brad Pascall doesn't think the scandal would have any effect on the team and confirmed that Gretzky hasn't changed his plans to fly overseas.


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