Man gets prison in drug-selling scheme with ex-NHL player

BOSTON (AP) A Massachusetts man who authorities say conspired with a former NHL player in a scheme to illegally sell prescription painkillers is headed to federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 36-year-old Christopher Alonardo was sentenced Tuesday to more than a year behind bars.

Alonardo pleaded guilty in December to oxycodone distribution charges.

Federal prosecutors say Alonardo and Kevin Stevens conspired to sell painkillers between August 2015 and March 2016.

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Stevens is a former Boston Bruins player who was on two Stanley Cup championship teams. He was sentenced this month to three years' probation. His lawyer said he was prescribed oxycodone after a serious on-ice injury in 1993 from which he still has not recovered.

Alonardo's lawyer said he suffered from an addiction to pain medication for about a decade.

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