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JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

Calvin Ayre has a few pointed words about Rick Tocchet's alleged illegal gambling ring - and they are directed at the White House.

"The problem isn't that prominent people are getting in trouble for gambling," he said. "The problem is the U.S. government doesn't let people do what they want to do."

The New Jersey State Police allege Tocchet's ring wagered $1.7 million US over a 40-day span this winter.

"Personally, I don't think betting on sports causes problems in society," continued Ayre, who is a self-described "big fan" of hockey.

"I spend a lot of time in the U.K. and there is a sports-betting shop on every corner and you don't see British society falling apart.

"For the vast majority of people, sports betting can be a healthy part of life.

"I like betting on sports and it certainly hasn't ruined my life doing it."

Like almost every kid on the Prairies, Ayre grew up playing hockey near Lloydminster and played defence for the University of Waterloo.

BO-DACIOUS!

There are hundreds of online sportsbooks, but Calvin Ayre's venture might have the most distinctive name.

So, how the heck did Ayre come up with it?

"I was at home, sitting in front of a domain name search site and I had a checklist beside me, which had all the criteria that the name had to meet," remembered Ayre.

"Like a soft drink or new car name, Bodog was designed to sound aggressive and bear fewer than six letters.

"Among the other criteria on my list: It had to be easy to remember and spell; it had to be entirely unlike any of the names used by our competitors; and it had to have the ability to create a personality."


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