Griffins’ defenseman Nathan Paetsch pleads guilty to gambling charges

Nathan Paetsch, a defenseman for the Grand Rapids Griffins over the past three seasons, has pleaded guilty to being a part of an illegal sports betting business.

Part of his plea agreement calls for a probation sentence, community service and eight months of home confinement. He’ll also have to forfeit $265,000 to the U.S. government.

Paetsch is a free agent and would like to return to the Griffins next season. He has 16 goals and 84 assists over his 213 games with the team.  His hearing is set for August 31st and he remains free to play hockey.