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Stars owner guilty of breaking environmental laws in Canada

Aug 8, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT

Tom Gaglardi

Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi has been found guilty of breaking Canadian environmental laws protecting fish habitats during the renovation of his home in Kamloops, British Columbia.

You can read the details here at Kamloops This Week. Apparently, Gaglardi spent part of the trial writing potential Stars line combinations in a notebook. Also, one of his former employees testified that Gaglardi told him to throw his computer hard drive “in the lake” when authorities started investigating.

The newspaper reports that the “maximum penalties for harmful alteration of a fish habitat are fines of up to $1 million and/or six months in jail.” However, it’s not clear if Gaglardi is facing anywhere near the maximum penalties.

Hey, did we mention it’s Dallas Stars Day on PHT?

  1. ballistictrajectory - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Looks like he might want to cut down on the carbs too.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    I thought that this might be much ado about nothing. Then I read the Kamloops This Week article.

    Gaglardi sounds like a bit of a kook. Not only was he writing potential Star line combinations during the trial (sounds like a good use of time to me, and that he has his priorities in order); but, he ” … also had to be told repeatedly by sheriffs to turn off his iPhone, which, at one point, he concealed in a book.”

    And, to clarify, throwing his computer hard drive into the lake isn’t what endangered the environment. I don’t even think he did that. What he was convicted of was ” … riprap destroyed by workers taking orders from Gaglardi in the construction of a boat ramp.” Riprap is “rock or other material used to armor shorelines, streambeds, bridge abutments, pilings and other shoreline structures against scour, water or ice erosion.”

    Curiosity … the sign of a geek (which I am sometimes).

  3. mianfr - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    You should probably also put up an article about the Calgary Flames owner and the Mt. Polley mine, while we’re on the subject of NHL teams and the environment.

    • patthehockeyfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Too late. Last Sunday, August 3rd, was Calgary Flames Day on PHT. Had the disaster occurred prior to Sunday, that would have been the day to post an article about Flames’ co-owner, N. Murray Edwards. He’s a major investor in Imperial Metals Corp., the company that owns Mount Polley mine.

      I was curious. From one of yesterday’s articles:

      “The Mount Polley mine’s tailings dam poured 10 million cubic metres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of sediment into the Cariboo River and surrounding areas on Monday morning, leading to a state of emergency in the area.”

      Forbes magazine listed Edwards at number 820 in its list of the world’s top billionaires. His net worth in 2014 was estimated at $2.2 billion, up $250 million from 2013.

      Edwards is probably worth a little less money now since Imperial Metals’ stock took a 40% hit, slashing the market value of the company to $760 million from $1.26 billion before the spill.

  4. darksidecowboy - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Curious what his line combinations were? Is Nichushkin going to stay on the top line or with Spezza hmmmm. In all seriousness though, c’mon man protect what nature provides you!

  5. canada2014gold - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    I live in Kamloops and the their is a famous mineral belt here. Where there is mines there is a huge concern for fish and wildlife. Just a rich guy thinking the rules do not apply to him. He is very ignorant

  6. nicofthenorthstar - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:45 PM


  7. mnwildfan15 - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Hey but he’s still better than Norm Green

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