Apologies for the predictable, groan-inducing headline accompanying this most bizarre story out of New Hampshire: the Manchester Union Leader’s Kevin Provencher, beat reporter for the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs since the team’s inception in 2001, was arrested last week for allegedly leading a New England prostitution ring.
Provencher faces two felony counts for his involvement in the ring, and there is suspicion that he may have replicated one in Canada as well. The Union Leader, while acknowledging Provencher’s “innocent until proven guilty” standing in our system of jurisprudence, has suspended him “given the nature and seriousness of the charges.”
Provencher had won four New Hampshire Sportswriter of the Year awards from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Initial details in the case are damning:
“Massachusetts police said about five women worked for Provencher and
two of them will be witnesses. Provencher allegedly recruited the women
on Craigslist and arranged for them to meet him at a Manchester hotel,
wearing specified clothing, where he would ‘audition’ them.”
I’m apparently not hanging out with the truly fun set of AHL beat reporters — we usually just score a couple of bottles of beer together after Bears’ games.