ROCHESTER (WKBW) We are learning new details into the federal gambling investigation that is connected to former Sabres captain Thomas Vanek, as well as one of his former teammates.
Former Sabre Thomas Vanek was being questioned as part of a federal investigation into illegal gambling in Rochester on Monday. Vanek is being questioned because his name appeared on betting records that were seized, the reason he was in federal court in Rochester. Current NHL league policy does not ban players from betting legally on other sports.
On Tuesday, the name of another former Sabre surfaced in connection to the investigation.
Former Rochester American and Sabre Nathan Paetsch is the part-owner of the Marina Restaurant and Bar, according to a 2013 article on his AHL team's website. That was the restaurant that federal officials raided late last month as part of their sting into the alleged $76 million dollar gambling operation.
Paetsch could not be reached for comment.
We reached out to the US Attorney's Office, who had no comment on Paetsch or Vanek.
Neither man is facing charges at this time, and according to a statement from Vanek, he is not the focus of the investigation and is simply cooperating with law enforcement.
Vanek's agent told USA Today that his client did not do anything wrong, will not be charged with a crime, and will not be in trouble with the NHL. His new team, the Minnesota Wild, released a statement saying they are aware of the situation but had no further comment.