People: Feb. 20, 2006


Did the Great One pull a fast one? JANET JONES GRETZKY, wife of hockey legend WAYNE GRETZKY, allegedly placed bets with a $1.7 million illegal-gambling ring in New Jersey. And Gretzky's assistant coach at the Phoenix Coyotes, Rick Tocchet, allegedly financed the ring. Neither Gretzky faces charges in the investigation, which authorities call Operation Slapshot, although she may be a witness before a grand jury. Tocchet's lawyer says he is innocent of all charges. Despite his proximity to the case, Gretzky says, "I didn't bet. Didn't happen. Not going to happen. Hasn't happened."


In last year's...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!