Don Gallinger (born April 16, 1925 in Port Colborne, died in Ontario February 7, 2000) was a professional ice hockey player who played 222 games in the National Hockey League. He played for the Boston Bruins.
He played junior hockey for the St Catharines TeePees.
In 1947–48, the Detroit Times ballooned a story in January about two players having talked to a big-time gambler named James Tamer. The players remained anonymous and the story was refuted as an outrageous rumour. However, late in February, NHL president Clarence Campbell announced that circumstantial evidence tended to show that a player or players had wagered on an NHL game. The Detroit police had wiretapped Tamer's phone and came up with the following conversation: Tamer: "How's it going tonight?" Voice: "Fine. One player's girl died and another is sick and I don't plan on doing so good myself. Bet $500 for me."
Campbell had conversations with Billy Taylor and Gallinger and on March 9th, their sentences were pronounced: Taylor was expelled for life and Gallinger suspended indefinitely pending an investigation of his connection with Tamer. Gallinger later admitted to betting on games and was expelled from the NHL in September, 1948. He tried to get reinstated to pro hockey as late as 1960, but the NHL owners ignored his pleas. Taylor and Gallinger were reinstated in 1970, but never returned to the NHL.
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