Former Sabre sentenced for role in gambling ring

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — No surprises followed the Friday sentencing of a former Buffalo Sabre after he pleaded guilty in June in exchange for certain guarantees.

Nathan Paetsch, a 28-year-old Spencerport man, admitted to his role in a gambling ring by pleading guilty to transmission of wagering information and structuring transactions to evade reporting. Paetsch was sentenced to serve five years of probation, eight months of home detention, 400 hours of community service and forfeit $265,000.

The former Buffalo Sabre and current AHL player already surrendered the funds. Police say he used wire communication facilities, including cell phones, to gamble over state lines. He and other hockey players got caught up in the gambling ring.

Thomas Vanek also has been involved in the investigation, but police say he is cooperating fully. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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