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The Hockey NewsThe Hockey News

The Hockey News Money & Power 2019

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. THN is published 18 times a year, including 14 regular issues and four special issues – such as Future Watch, Draft Preview, Yearbook, the #1 selling hockey annual in North America.

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Canada
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English
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Roustan Media Ltd.
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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…

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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…

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the big 3 agencies

SHOW ME THE MONEYThese 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$2,080,471,075AGENTS: Don Meehan, Craig Oster, Wade Arnott, Mark Guy, Rand Simon, Pat Morris, Gregory Landry, Edward Ward, Jason Taylor2. CAA SPORTS$1,926,634,520AGENTS: Pat Brisson, J.P. Barry3. OCTAGON ATHLETE REPRESENTATION$980,505,810AGENTS: Allan Walsh, Mike Liut, Ben Hankinson, Robert Hooper, Rick Valette, Andrew Scott, Chris Mcalpine, John Vollan4. WASSERMAN-ORR HOCKEY$627,172,498AGENTS: Rick Curran, Jeff Jackson, Judd Moldaver, Mike Curran, Dave Gagner5. THE SPORTS CORPORATION$472,821,659AGENTS: Gerry Johannson, David Kaye, Michael Kaye6. KO SPORTS$435,961,625AGENTS: Kurt Overhardt, Joe Oliver, Kevin Magnuson7. TITAN SPORTS MANAGEMENT$369,869,998AGENTS: Kevin Epp, Jarrett Bousquet8. QUARTEXX…

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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…

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the concierge

FULL AMENITIESNegotiating with NHL GMs is just a fraction of what Brisson and his team do. Then, it’s a “concierge service.” (BRUCE BENNETT/GETTY IMAGES)“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…

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