BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Former Buffalo Sabre Anthony “Tony” S. McKegney is facing a criminal contempt charge for allegedly violating an order of protection.

McKegney is accused of making several phone calls and sending emails between April 2, 2022, and April 8, 2022, violating a  March 25 order of protection issued by an Erie County Family Court judge, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office said.

The 64-year-old Buffalo man was released on his own recognizance. The case is pending and the former NHL player will be back in court on October 4 at 9:30 a.m.

He could spend four years in prison if convicted on the highest charge.

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