Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/21/11 at 09:46 AM ET
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Other than helping Alexander Mogilny overcome his fear of flying, what is the oddest duty you’ve had to perform in three decades of work?
Meehan Well, some of the issues that we contend with don’t really become public. There are issues that really relate to their personal lives, whether it be a marital issue, whether it be a family issue, whether it be economic issues, whether it be substance abuse issues that happen each and every day. The public really doesn’t have any idea of all of those issues, because the public really only hears about a contractual negotiation, or a trade, or a free-agency signing.
How did you feel when Alexander Ovechkin dropped you as his agent in 2006?
Meehan On the one hand, it was devastating, in that we had worked so hard for the family, in that we had been involved with the family for probably three years prior to the date he was drafted. We had left here on Christmas Day to go to Russia to be involved in tournaments, to see him, to spend time with him. Because he really thirsted for information in terms of North America, and he was really outstanding in his ambition to be involved in the NHL, and to know as much about it as he possibly could. We spent a great deal of time in terms of English classes and newspapers and periodicals and spending time with him and understanding what to do and what not to do when he came over … we always understand and respect the fact a player can make an independent decision as to his future. The only thing I regret is, probably, that the decision really wasn’t his decision. It was a family decision.
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