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.
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.