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Casino Sues Former NHLer For Alleged $2M Debt

01/19/2012 08:14 EST | Updated 03/20/2012 05:12 EDT
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A former National Hockey league player and developer of a failed Vancouver Island real estate project is being sued by a major Las Vegas casino for an alleged debt of more than $2 million, CBC News has learned.

Len Barrie, who also briefly owned the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, is named in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court by Bellagio, LLC, which says Barrie owes $2,221,166.

The Bellagio claims that Barrie, 42, received $1.5 million US in credit from the casino in May 2008, but says he has repaid only $420,000 of the debt.

The outstanding debt, plus accrued interest and fees have increased the amount Barrie owes to the more than $2-million total, the casino claims.

The lawsuit was filed Dec. 16, but a lawyer for Bellagio told CBC News Thursday that Barrie was not officially served with the lawsuit until this week.

The B.C. native has not yet filed a statement of defence and none of the allegations against him have been proven in court.

Barrie headed a partnership that runs Bear Mountain Resort, a real estate development near Victoria that was placed under court protection from creditors in March 2010. The development was planned to include about 3,500 residences, two golf courses and resort properties.

Barrie played 184 games in the NHL while a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, and Florida Panthers.