Ex-NHLer Sent Up The Frozen River For Extortion

We have an update on the story of Larry DePalma, the former journeyman NHL player who was arrested and charged with trying to extort $1 million from a parent of a junior hockey player he coached: He and his brother were each sentenced on Wednesday to one year in jail after pleading no contest to attempted extortion. Which goes to show that while success in sports may not always translate to other fields, being a lousy athlete might lead to you becoming a lousy criminal as well.

Larry DePalma ex-NHL player and extortionist

To recap the DePalma Brothers’ foolproof plan: Several years ago, they had tried to convince W. Bruce Knight to let them take his son, whom they coached in junior hockey, to Russia for additional training. When the trip failed to materialize the DePalmas, desperate for money, called Knight and said that “the Russian mafia” was very upset with Knight for canceling the trip, and that unless he paid $1 million (deliverable to the DePalmas, of course), Knight and his family would be killed.

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