Fraud, theft charges stayed against former NHL player agent after his death

Fraud, theft charges stayed against former NHL player agent after his death

Criminal charges that include fraud have been stayed against a former National Hockey League player agent who has died.

An obituary says Stacey Don McAlpine, who was 54, died at home in his sleep on March 5.

Court records show charges against McAlpine of fraud, theft and laundering the proceeds of crime were stayed in a Winnipeg courtroom two days later.

Winnipeg police began investigating McAlpine in 2013 and charged him last year.

He was accused of bilking former hockey stars Danny Heatley and Chris Phillips out of more than $12 million between 2004 and 2011.

Both players also filed lawsuits against their former agent, as well as against his parents.

Heatley, drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2001 as a winger, spent four seasons with the Ottawa Senators before stints with San Jose, Minnesota and Anaheim. Phillips, a defenceman, spent his entire NHL career with the Senators.

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