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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the summer of 1993, after Paul Kariya was chosen fourth overall in the NHL entry draft, a steady stream of player agents made the trek to his North Vancouver home, hoping to represent the budding hockey superstar. Mr. Kariya was a student at the University of Maine and so technically couldn’t sign a contract until he turned pro, but that didn’t stop the parade.
The last to visit was also the biggest name in the business – Michael Barnett of the International Management Group, who represented, among others, Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player of all time.
Mr. Kariya grew up idolizing Mr. Gretzky, but mostly remembered Mr. Barnett’s parting words. “Michael said, ‘Of course, we would love to have Paul at IMG, but if Paul doesn’t go with us, he should sign with Don Baizley.’ ”
In the sometimes cutthroat world of professional sports representation, that sort of unsolicited testimonial is rare, but it also illustrated how highly Mr. Baizley was regarded in the industry.
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
Don Baizley has asked me many times over the years not to write about him. That’s just the kind of guy he is.
One of the most well-regarded agents in the hockey business, representing some of the NHL’s biggest global stars, Baizley has remained the quintessential Winnipegger, preferring to do his work quietly.
This time, however, I’m not listening.
Because this time, it is about him.
Baizley is in trouble. Diagnosed with non-smoker’s lung cancer, which had already spread to his back, he’s in the fight of his life.
The number and scope of people pulling for him tells you all you need to know about the influence the man has had on the game and the respect he’s earned in it.