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The Hockey News Money & Power 2019

The Hockey News is an iconic, authoritative and trusted voice of hockey. It was founded in 1947 and grew to become known as The Bible of Hockey. Once a tabloid newspaper, it has evolved into a multi-platform brand that goes deeper and broader than anyone in the industry. The Hockey News publishes regular editions plus its special editions that include the Yearbook, Ultimate Pool Guide and Money and Power.

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16 Issues

in this issue

3 min
giving you the business

THE HOCKEY NEWS built its reputation, starting in 1947, on a broad-based bedrock, bringing the hockey world together in one package like nobody else. It reinforced its significance, in the digital era, with depth and perspective, providing readers around the globe with stories they could not find elsewhere. These are among the key reasons I purchased the iconic brand a year ago. But there was one galaxy that had gone largely unexplored, an entity that is critical but not widely understood. That was the inspiration behind this magazine, our first annual Money & Power special. I’ve loved this game for as long as I can remember. I started playing at three and haven’t stopped. But my greatest successes have come off the ice, in the world of hockey business, allowing me…

15 min
a revenue-generating megalith

HOTLY CONTESTED playoff spots and impressive performances by a range of stars are keeping fans’ and players’ attention riveted on the ice as the NHL all-star break approaches. However, the January weekend also gives those on the business side the chance to take stock of a game whose prospects appear better than ever. “I see hockey’s popularity continuing to grow,” said Gary Bettman, the league’s longtime commissioner and the person who is most often associated with its successes. “We’re clearly in a new era where digital technology is giving fans new, different and exciting ways to connect.” Bettman, whose time at the helm has coincided with the league’s evolution into a revenue-generating megalith, has a point. The sheer dollars the NHL now produces means that business issues increasingly dominate key aspects…

1 min
the big 3 agencies

SHOW ME THE MONEY These are the top 10 agencies in terms of the total value of their active contracts, according to puckpedia.com. So why, when Octagon is ahead of them, is Wasserman-Orr part of the Big 3? To them, it’s all about quality over quantity. Oh, and Auston Matthews has yet to sign his mega-deal. 1. NEWPORT SPORTS $2,080,471,075 AGENTS: Don Meehan, Craig Oster, Wade Arnott, Mark Guy, Rand Simon, Pat Morris, Gregory Landry, Edward Ward, Jason Taylor 2. CAA SPORTS $1,926,634,520 AGENTS: Pat Brisson, J.P. Barry 3. OCTAGON ATHLETE REPRESENTATION $980,505,810 AGENTS: Allan Walsh, Mike Liut, Ben Hankinson, Robert Hooper, Rick Valette, Andrew Scott, Chris Mcalpine, John Vollan 4. WASSERMAN-ORR HOCKEY $627,172,498 AGENTS: Rick Curran, Jeff Jackson, Judd Moldaver, Mike Curran, Dave Gagner 5. THE SPORTS CORPORATION $472,821,659 AGENTS: Gerry Johannson, David Kaye, Michael Kaye 6. KO SPORTS $435,961,625 AGENTS: Kurt Overhardt, Joe Oliver, Kevin Magnuson 7. TITAN…

4 min
always a frontrunner

IT HAS BEEN 37 years since a 30-year-old Don Meehan turned down the security of partnership at an established Toronto law firm and decided to go out on his own to represent hockey players in contract negotiations. Now, two years after he’s become eligible to collect government pension cheques, Meehan is still in the game, jockeying for clients and running Newport Sports Management, hockey’s largest representation agency. To say the hockey landscape has changed would qualify as an enormous understatement. And some of that change has been because of Meehan, who was one of the first to see the value in selling a player’s family on his services instead of just the player himself. And his was one of the first agencies to become a one-stop-shopping experience for players, providing them…

4 min
the concierge

“I’M A GUY who likes to push the needle,” says Pat Brisson. It’s a fitting image as hockey’s most powerful player agent is calling from his car on a Los Angeles freeway. Brisson means that he is always looking to innovate, to extend the limits of what is thought possible to gain an edge on the competition. That character trait was on display last June when coaches, GMs and team presidents from six NHL teams flew to L.A. for appointments at Brisson’s office in the imposing headquarters of Creative Artists Agency. The glistening glass and steel structure is striking for its hulking size and a dramatic, eight-storey aperture that pierces its center. In Hollywood circles the building is known as The Dark Star in recognition of the envy and fear it…

4 min
no. 4 still has game

THERE IS A story from a rival agent that shows the sway Bobby Orr has over the hockey world. Both firms were pursuing the same future NHLer, who just happened to be from Massachusetts. The decision was coming down to the wire. “Then Bobby showed up and gave the dad a signed jersey,” said the agent. “It was over.” That’s the mystique of No. 4, and he’s the only one in the agent game who can pull it off. While Orr has a crack group of agents working in his stable, he also brings a unique set of skills. And now he’s got another strong ally on his side. The Wasserman Media Group is a high-powered agency whose clients include NFL quarterback Andrew Luck, NBA star Russell Westbrook and baseball’s Giancarlo…