Ex-Habs GM sentenced for bribe

Former Montreal Canadiens general manager Irving Grundman was given a conditional sentence Monday after pleading guilty to one charge in a corruption scandal.

Grundman, also a former Montreal city councillor, must serve 23 months in the community for his part in accepting a bribe to change a Montreal zoning bylaw. Grundman was also slapped with a $50,000 fine.

Fellow ex-councillor René Dussault was also sentenced to 23 months to be served in the community and fined $25,000 for his part in the scandal.

The crown had asked for jail sentences.

"It's over. Turn the page. Carry on," Grundman said outside the court following Monday's sentencing.

The scandal involved a bribe over the rezoning of a piece of land formerly occupied by a church in the Montreal borough of St-Laurent. The pair accepted $75,000 from an undercover Quebec provincial police officer in 2002.

Grundman and Dussault had pleaded guilty to one charge each of municipal corruption last September. They resigned from Montreal city council that same day.

Grundman was the Canadiens' GM from 1978 to 1983. He was at the helm when Montreal drafted future stars Guy Carbonneau and Chris Chelios.

With files from CP Online