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NHL THREATENS LAWSUIT OVER DETAILS MAGAZINE ARTICLE
Published April 14, 1998
The NHL "is considering filing a lawsuit" against Details magazine concerning an article that alleges three Russian players "have had longstanding ties with Russian gangsters," according to Rick Sadowski of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS. The article, called "Power Play," claims that Avalanche C Valeri Kamensky, Red Wings D Slava Fetisov and Canucks' RW Pavel Bure "actively befriended the Russian mob, helping it to sink its roots deep in North American soil." NHL execs "are upset" because the author, Robert Friedman, quotes the lead investigator into Congressional hearings on Russian mobsters and NHL players, Michael Bopp, as saying the investigation ended in '96 because the league "failed to cooperate." NHL VP/Corporate Communications Bernadette Mansur said the league is "stunned at how ludicrous ... [and] blatantly inaccurate" the article is. Mansur: "We're considering all of our (legal) avenues." Mansur said Bopp specifically thanked league personnel for their assistance in the investigation. The story appears in the May issue of Details Magazine (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 4/11).