Rochester, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Federal authorities have questioned NHL left winger Thomas Vanek in connection with a local gambling case after his name surfaced in several records seized during the inquiry.
Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett of Pittsford-based Sports Consulting Group, said the hockey star is not accused of any criminal activity and will not be charged.
“He is not going to be charged,” Bartlett said. “He won’t be charged with a crime because he hasn’t done anything wrong.”
However, Vanek still have to answer whether he wagered on sports through Paul Borrelli, and Mark and Joseph Ruff, who were arrested by the FBI in June for managing multiple offshore Internet gambling sites.
Vanek played for the Buffalo Sabres for nine years before he split time between the New York Islanders and the Montreal Canadiens last season. He recently signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.
Authorities said Borrelli and Joseph Ruff allegedly took payments at the The Marina Restaurant & Bar in Charlotte. The two men managed the restaurant, though their lawyers have said they had no role.
Borrelli has a history of past book-making in the Rochester region, so it’s unclear whether Vanek’s alleged betting is recent.