Tom Gaglardi broke federal environmental laws while renovating his waterfront Kamloops Lake vacation home in 2010, a judge has ruled.
The 47-year-old owner of the Kamloops Blazers and the NHL’s Dallas Stars, who is also the head of Northland Properties, was found guilty in Kamloops provincial court on Thursday, Aug. 7, of two counts of harmful alteration of a fish habitat.
Northland was also convicted on the same charges, while Robert Gaglardi, Tom’s father, was found not guilty.
At trial earlier this year, court heard the Gaglardi family home — known as “Tom’s Shack,” according to several Crown witnesses — was undergoing extensive renovations in 2010.
The charges stem from riprap destroyed by workers taking orders from Gaglardi in the construction of a boat ramp.
During the trial, former Northland employee Jim Parks said he was ordered to destroy documents and throw his computer hard drive “in the lake” when federal investigators began looking into alleged environmental improprieties at Tom’s Shack.
Gaglardi wrote in his notebook throughout the trial, alternating between notes on the proceedings, Northland business and what appeared to be line combinations for the Dallas Stars. He also had to be told repeatedly by sheriffs to turn off his iPhone, which, at one point, he concealed in a book.
The maximum penalties for harmful alteration of a fish habitat are fines of up to $1 million and/or six months in jail.
Gaglardi is due back in court on Aug. 21 to set a date for sentencing.
Northland Properties is the company behind the recently opened Sandman Signature development on Lorne Street in downtown Kamloops.