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Man who scammed NHL pleads guilty to forgery charges in Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) A man who once conned the National Hockey League into thinking he was a wealthy entrepreneur well-qualified to buy one of the league's most storied franchises has been convicted of another scam.

John Spano Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to 16 counts of forgery for what authorities say was a scheme that saw him collect nearly $70,000 in sales commissions on fraudulent accounts he created. The 50-year-old Spano faces as many as 16 years in prison when sentenced in a Lake County courtroom next month. He remains free on bond. His attorney did not return telephone messages seeking comment Tuesday.

Spano, who lives with his parents in Grand River, a village about 30 miles east of Cleveland, became infamous after he agreed to buy the New York Islanders in 1996 for $165 million. The NHL vetted Spano, who presented himself as a Texas businessman worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and approved the sale. He convinced banks to lend him $80 million for the purchase. But months after being hailed as a hero by Islanders fans, his con was revealed when he failed to pay a relatively modest down payment of $5 million.

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Leaders
Points: J. Tavares86
Plus/Minus: R. Strome23
Shots on Goal: J. Tavares278
PIM: M. Martin114
Win: J. Halak38
Shutouts: J. Halak6
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 245 (4)
Shots: 2771 (2)
PP%: 18.7% (16)
Penalty Minutes: 700 (25)
Assists: 411 (6)
SH Goals: 10 (1)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
xyz-NY Rangers 53 22 7 113
x-Washington 45 26 11 101
x-NY Islanders 47 28 7 101
x-Pittsburgh 43 27 12 98
Columbus 42 35 5 89
Philadelphia 33 31 18 84
New Jersey 32 36 14 78
Carolina 30 41 11 71
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 224 (8)
Shots Against: 2321 (24)
PK%: 78.0% (26)
Penalty Minutes: 767 (17)
Shutouts: 6 (14)
Sv%: 0.903 (26)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
5/6 J. Persson Signed with European team Farjestad BK (Sweden)
4/20 S. Mayfield Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL
4/20 J. Sundstrom Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL
4/20 R. Pulock Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL
4/20 K. Poulin Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL
4/20 M. Carkner Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL
4/20 K. Mouillierat Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL
4/13 G. Reinhart Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL
4/12 K. Poulin Sent to minors Bridgeport-AHL
4/11 K. Poulin Called up from minors from Bridgeport-AHL
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