Former Sabre Paetsch accepts plea deal in gambling probe

Jun 22, 2015

A professional hockey player who spent time with the Buffalo Sabres has admitted being part of an illegal sports betting business. 

U.S. Attorney William Hochul says Nathan Paetsch, of Spencerport, New York, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Rochester as part of a plea agreement. The agreement calls for probation, 400 hours of community service and eight months of home confinement.  He will also have to forfeit $265,000. 

Former Sabres defenseman Nathan Paetsch has accepted a plea deal in an illegal gambling probe.

Paetsch played portions of five seasons with the Sabres, through 2010. He has been with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins the past three seasons.  

Authorities say Paetsch was involved in a gambling operation whose three principals were convicted earlier. Paetsch's attorney says his involvement was minimal and included getting credit when he introduced friends, including other players, to the operation.  

The attorney says the players never bet on hockey.