Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington was sentenced today to six months in jail to be followed by six months house arrest after a California judge ruled he had breached probation by failing to disclose tens of thousands of dollars he received from his involvement in several gold-mining businesses.
Pocklington, 71, was given until Dec. 9 to report to prison, giving him time to recover from colon reconstruction surgery scheduled in November. Until then, he will be under house arrest as well and must wear an ankle bracelet.
- Peter Pocklington again may face jail time in California
Pocklington was ordered to surrender his passport and remain in the southern California area. His probation was also extended by two years.
The U.S district attorney had asked for nine months in prison, while Pocklington sought to avoid jail altogether so he could continue to care for his wife, who has serious heart problems.
The judge said the couple's children could care for their mother.
In an interesting development, the judge said she will entertain a motion from Pocklington's many creditors — including the Alberta government to which he owes $13 million — to unseal financial records related to his offshore trust accounts.
Those creditors allege Pocklington has stashed millions of dollars in the accounts.
Earlier this week, a judge in Riverside east of Los Angeles ruled Pocklington violated probation by submitting an inaccurate monthly income report, a task he was ordered to complete after he was convicted for perjury.
Evidence presented at the hearing showed Pocklington failed to tell his probation officer about payments of up $15,000 a month he received for working as a “consultant” to several companies promoting gold mines in Arizona.
Pocklington became to be known as "Peter Puck" when he bought part ownership of the Edmonton Oilers in 1976. Under his ownership, the Oilers won five Stanley Cups in the 1980s.
He sold the team in 1998, moving to the U.S. four years later.