Stars owner found guilty on federal environmental charges
Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi apparently spent his trial creating line combinations for his NHL club. (Reuters)
Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi was found guilty Thursday of violating federal environmental laws while renovating his waterfront home near Kamloops, B.C., in 2010.
Gaglardi, who also owns the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers and is the head of Northland Properties, was convicted on two counts of harmful alteration of a fish habitat in Kamloops provicincial court. Charges were laid against the 47-year-old after construction workers, under his instructions, improperly destroyed materials.
During the trial, a Northland employee testified he was ordered to destroy documents and throw a hard drive “in the lake” when federal investigators began looking into the case.
There were other things, however, on the NHL owner’s mind during proceedings.
According to Kamloops This Week, Gaglardi had a notebook during the trial and appeared to alternate between writing case notes and Stars line combinations. He was also told repeatedly to turn off his phone, which, at one point, he hid inside a book.
Gaglardi faces a maximum penalty of $1 million in fines and six months in jail. He’s due back in court Aug. 21 for sentencing.