Former Oilers owner Peter Pocklington avoids a California jail – at least, for the time being

Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington was expected to report for a six-month prison sentence by Monday, but the 72-year-old has avoided that date with the law. But that doesn’t mean his legal troubles have ended.

In the same week NHL icon Wayne Gretzky was back in the news, the man who famously – or if you’re from Edmonton, infamously – traded him to Los Angeles also was making headlines.

Former Oilers owner Peter Pocklington avoided imprisonment Friday when he posted a $100,000 appearance bond to a California judge who granted him bail.

Pocklington had been found guilty of breaching his probation conditions on a prior conviction for perjury in a bankruptcy fraud case. He told CBC News in a statement he is appealing the current conviction and expects to have the appeal heard within 18 months.

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The 72-year-old Pocklington, who described himself in court filings as being in declining health, was originally ordered to report for his prison sentence Dec. 9. As a condition of his bail, he is not permitted to leave California and must wear a monitoring bracelet.