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Ex-Islanders Forward Vanek Helping Federal Probe In Rochester

Thomas Vanek (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Thomas Vanek (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former New York Islanders forward Thomas Vanek says he’s cooperating with federal authorities conducting an investigation in Rochester.

Local media reported that Vanek was at the federal courthouse in Rochester to speak with officials. He signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Wild this month.

In statement released by his agent, Vanek said he was asked for his cooperation in an investigation. He said he wasn’t a target of the probe or prosecution.

“I will fully cooperate with the U.S. Federal authorities in their investigation or in any proceedings arising out of it,” Vanek said.

He declined to comment on camera to WHEC-TV in Rochester. Vanek is a witness in a reported gambling investigation, according to the station, though details haven’t been released.

Messages left with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo and Vanek’s attorney weren’t initially returned.

The 30-year-old Austrian played nine seasons for the Buffalo Sabres before being traded to the Islanders last year. He was later dealt to Montreal. Vanek signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Wild on July 1.

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