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Ethics In Hockey

For one of my classes this semester, I have to write an essay on business ethics. Naturally, being a guy who is pursuing a career as a sports agent, I will do my ethics essay on Alan Eagleson and how his situation has impacted rules in both the Collective Bargaining Agreements and the NHLPA Agent Regulations. Basically, I'm looking for any information you guys may have on Eagleson's accounting practices, or any of his other un-ethical practices. Most of my research has been simply comparing information in Russ Conway's book "Game Misconduct" and articles that I have collected throughout the years dealing with Eagleson to the legal documents previously mentioned. Also, this week, I plan on trying to get a copy of the report made by Ed Garvey, Ritch Winter, and one or two other guys that was brought to the NHLPA years ago in an attempt to "dethrone" Eagleson and catch him in his unethical behaviour. Anyway, if you guys know of anything that wasn't included in Conway's book, such as accounting records or old Collective Bargaining Agreements to compare the latest ones to, that would be greatly appreciated...if not...no worries...don't really expect people to dig up more than I have, but another poster's post gave me this idea

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You might want to do some digging on Chicago Black Hawks owner, Bill Wirtz. He was deeply involved in the whole Eagleson mess. There's a nice book about him named "Career Misconduct".
http://www.careermisconduct.com/contents.html

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You might want to do some digging on Chicago Black Hawks owner, Bill Wirtz. He was deeply involved in the whole Eagleson mess. There's a nice book about him named "Career Misconduct".
http://www.careermisconduct.com/contents.html
From the table of contents, it looks like the book is about more than him, but includes Arthur Wirtz and Jack Adams, too.

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Seriously though, if you want to talk about lack of ethics in hockey, go back to the 40s, or 50s. Things like the censure of "Terrible" Ted Lindsay, Conn Smythe reporting the capacity of Maple Leaf Gardens as 2400 seats less than it actually was for over 20 years (and thus getting gobs of untaxed, untraced reveneue), or Jack Adams driving rival hockey clubs out of Chicago...man, interesting stuff.

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Jeremy Jacobs is another interesting character. It's hard to believe any reputable league would approve the ownership bid of someone whose company was convicted on felony federal conspiracy charges (conspiring with organize crime) only 3 years after the conviction. When an investigative reporter was murdered by a car bomb, Jacobs changed the name of his company from Emprise to Delaware North to escape the bad pubilicity.

In St Louis, Ralston Purina literally abandoned the Blues causing them to miss the NHL draft in 1983. More recently we've had a con man approved as owner of the Islanders and a crook in Buffalo. I won't even get into Harold Ballard. The Leaf fans can handle that.

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For one of my classes this semester, I have to write an essay on business ethics. Naturally, being a guy who is pursuing a career as a sports agent, I will do my ethics essay on Alan Eagleson and how his situation has impacted rules in both the Collective Bargaining Agreements and the NHLPA Agent Regulations. Basically, I'm looking for any information you guys may have on Eagleson's accounting practices, or any of his other un-ethical practices. Most of my research has been simply comparing information in Russ Conway's book "Game Misconduct" and articles that I have collected throughout the years dealing with Eagleson to the legal documents previously mentioned. Also, this week, I plan on trying to get a copy of the report made by Ed Garvey, Ritch Winter, and one or two other guys that was brought to the NHLPA years ago in an attempt to "dethrone" Eagleson and catch him in his unethical behaviour. Anyway, if you guys know of anything that wasn't included in Conway's book, such as accounting records or old Collective Bargaining Agreements to compare the latest ones to, that would be greatly appreciated...if not...no worries...don't really expect people to dig up more than I have, but another poster's post gave me this idea
Have you found "Net Worth" by Alison Griffiths and David Cruise? Was written in the early nineties and is very pro-NHLPA. However, it's a great read and extensively documents the relaxed attitude that Eagleson had towards ethics. Also eye-opening in the book is the overview the book provides on the builders of the NHL. Turns out that most of the trophies that they hand out every year are named after COMPLETE JERKS (Norris, Smythe, etc.)

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If you need help about ethics and some implications for differing ideas, I have a degree in philosophy with an emphasis in ethics and logic. Feel free to PM me.

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If you need help about ethics and some implications for differing ideas, I have a degree in philosophy with an emphasis in ethics and logic. Feel free to PM me.
Thanks to everybody who replied. Without a doubt, I will search for those books that you listed and look into the suggested situations in a bit more detail.

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For one of my classes this semester, I have to write an essay on business ethics. Naturally, being a guy who is pursuing a career as a sports agent, I will do my ethics essay on Alan Eagleson and how his situation has impacted rules in both the Collective Bargaining Agreements and the NHLPA Agent Regulations.
Do not forget Quinngate when Pat Quinn took $100,000 cash from the Canucks at mid-season to become the "Superboss" while still coaching the Kings. He was initially suspended for life from the NHL for conduct prejudicial to the league and is the only person I am aware who ever received such a penalty although it was commuted later by Zeigler. The records relating to this sordid affair are filed in court records in BC Supreme Court when Quinn and the team tried unsuccessfully to overturn the decision.

Also you should look into the Mike Gillis case where Eagleson diverted disability insurance proceeds payable to Gillis. Gillis sued and won. Also consider that Willard Estey, a former Justice of the Supreme Court wrote a letter in his support on sentencing. Do not forget the pension case spearheaded by Carl Brewer against zeigler and the NHL which turned up Eagleson's fingerprints all over the scheme to benefit the owners.
http://www.penaltybox.com/legends/Carl_Brewer.html

Check with the court registries where actions have been filed against him to obtain the pleadings, affidavits and charge documents.
http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/documen...s/99D0743P.HTM

Here is a good timeline summary on Eagleson's problems:
http://www.eagletribune.com/news/sto...105/FP_002.htm

Here are some other links on Eagleson:
http://boston.fbi.gov/pressrel/1998/eaglesonalan.htm
http://www.eagletribune.com/news/sto...108/SP_001.htm
http://www.chromehorse.net/rants/rants98/eagleson.htm
http://www.sportslawnews.com/archive...layersLose.htm
http://www.sportslawnews.com/archive...99/NHLRico.htm
http://www.axionet.com/bcreport/web/980119f.html


Trent University has papers of Scott Young relating to the Eagleson book "Power Play" including correspondence relating to the reviews, reviews and a court transcript in relation to court actions against Alan Eagleson and the book.

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