NHL players find out league has been secretly collecting their personal information

Published October 28, 2023 at 3:33 PM

I absolutely understand the NHL's desire to keep tabs on players' gambling habits, but there has to be a line. This might be it.

A new report from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun on the recent suspension of Shane Pinto includes a paragraph that says any player who opens an account with an online betting service automatically triggers a notification to the league's head offices.

"We've been led to believe that NHL players weren't aware until Pinto's suspension that any player who opens an online betting account has their information forwarded to the league's security department for compliance purposes.

You can be certain there were players across the league deleting the gambling apps on their phones once they found out that was the case in the last 24-to-48 hours." - Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun

While suspending Pinto for 41 games, the NHL insisted he did not bet on his own games, or even the sport of hockey, for that matter. So what did Pinto do wrong? Garrioch says from what he could find out, PInto may have been unable to access a gambling account based in New York because he was playing in Canada. In order to get around it, he allegedly shared his log-in information with a third party. This is referred to as "proxy betting", and a huge no-no. Fair enough, but as Garrioch concludes, make your players aware of those rules. It's also fair to make them aware that simply opening an account, while not illegal, automatically notifies the NHL.

Source: Ottawa Sun
October 28   |   54 answers
NHL players find out league has been secretly collecting their personal information

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