Wild Winger Thomas Vanek appears in court in connection to federal case: report

New Minnesota Wild winger Thomas Vanek appeared at a Rochester, N.Y. courthouse Monday in what reportedly is a federal investigation into illegal gambling.

Minnesota Wild winger Thomas Vanek’s name was linked Monday to a federal gambling investigation connected to a Rochester, N.Y., restaurant. Vanek visited a federal courthouse in that city with his lawyer Monday and a local TV station filmed them leaving.

Vanek issued a statement on the situation through his agent, Steve Bartlett:

“Representatives of the U.S. Federal Government have asked for my cooperation in an investigation. I am not the subject of any investigation or prosecution. I will fully cooperate with the U.S. Federal authorities in their investigation or in any proceedings arising out of it.”

Bartlett also told the Rochester TV station Vanek is only a witness in the case.

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The 30-year-old Austrian native played one American League season in Rochester in 2004-05. He signed a three-year, $19.5-million contract with the Wild on July 1.