Naylor: Document raises questions about Gumbley, CHLPA

Dave Naylor

11/2/2012 10:44:33 PM

TSN uncovered a document on Friday that links the computer of a man who has twice pled guilty to fraud involving junior-age hockey players to the fledgling Canadian Hockey League Players' Association.
Randy Gumbley of Mississauga, Ont. has been the subject of much speculation this week as questions swirled about his possible involvement in the CHLPA.
And while CHLPA executive director Georges Laraque has been adamant that Randy Gumbley has never had anything to do with his association – while saying that his brother Glenn does --  Friday's revelation by TSN raises more questions.
In June, an agent in Western Canada received a power-point presentation via email from something called the Canadian Junior Hockey League Union, which was precursor to the CHLPA. The electronic fingerprint on that document reveals it was last saved by "Randy Gumbley" on June 9, 2012.
The email sent to the Western Canadian agent also contained a phone number under the name "Glenn." That number is the same one used until recently by the CHLPA spokesperson "Derek Clarke," who stopped returning messages just under a week ago.
The first Derek Clarke – who talked to TSN on both Oct. 19 and 26 -- stopped returning calls once the CHLPA produced a second Derek Clarke on Oct. 31.
Both the second Derek Clarke, as well as Laraque, denied knowing anything about the first Derek Clarke.
The first Derek Clarke has never been seen in public, and CHL sources believe he may, in fact, be Randy Gumbley. The second Derek Clarke allowed himself to be on camera Thursday in Montreal where he showed his identification to TSN.
TSN's discovery of Gumbley's electronic fingerprint on Friday was the latest, and perhaps, final twist in a bizarre week for the CHLPA that saw its spokesperson quit, several law firms abandon support and its executive director announce his intention to step down.
A CHL source says the power-point presentation containing Randy Gumbley's name has been turned over to Peel Regional Police.
Randy Gumbley had been under a court order not to be involved in the business of hockey in Ontario until Sept. 24, 2012.
A police source said they are examining the document to determine if any court order has been breached.