Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 08/16/13 at 03:40 PM ET
Super-agent Pat Brisson may not have a Twitter account per se, but Brission represents Sidney Crosby, he made something of a ground-shaking move in establishing a hockey branch of Creative Artists' Agency, a sports-and-entertainment-talent representative conglomerate that's just ridiculously gigantic in terms of its scope, depth and the amount of money it manages, and Brisson's regularly quoted in areas of governance of the game.
Recently named one of the 10 most powerful people in hockey by Sports Illustrated, Pat Brisson keeps his clients -- including $100 million kid Sidney Crosby -- happy the old-fashioned way: by working for them 24/7.
"I'm pretty structured," says Pat Brisson, sports agent and co-head of CAA's hockey division. "I have no choice because there are too many balls in the air." Those balls represent, in part, a client roster that includes five No. 1 NHL draft picks since 2005, including Sidney Crosby, for whom he negotiated a 12-year, $104.4 million contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brisson is busiest during the weeks from mid-June to early July that span the draft, the league's free agency period and then CAA's prospects camp, where they look at teens to possibly sign. "But there's never such a thing as not busy," says the 48-year-old Quebec native, who travels about one week a month. It's no wonder, then, that he makes the most of his time in his Century City office or home in Marina del Rey with his wife and two sons -- even his off-hours are devoted to the sport he's loved, and played, since he was a kid.
Wakes up to 30 to 40 new e-mails in his inbox.
Brisson -- who played on Quebec's storied Hull Olympiques junior hockey team with best friend Luc Robitaille, a Los Angeles Kings legend and now the team's president of business operations -- works out for about an hour, either at Equinox or at his home gym. "I try to get a workout in first thing in the morning; otherwise you don't get to it," he says. "I do circuits and stuff like that. I can't compete anymore, but I keep myself in pretty good shape, so I can go on the ice and scrimmage with [the players]. It's helped us to bond."
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