Daniel Milstein

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Daniel Milstein
Milstein at the INC. 500 awards in 2009
Born (1975-11-08) November 8, 1975 (age 47)
EducationCleary University
Occupation(s)Entrepreneur, author, founder & CEO of Gold Star Financial Group
EmployerGold Star Financial Group

Daniel Milstein (Ukrainian: Дэн Мильштейн; born November 8, 1975) is a Ukrainian American entrepreneur.[1] Milstein’s 2013 autobiography 17 Cents and a Dream detailed his family’s emigration from Ukraine on the day the country affirmed its independence from the then-USSR. He is the Founder and CEO of Gold Star Financial Group, NHL agent with Gold Star Hockey.[2] He is the founder and owner of Gold Star group, which includes Gold Star Financial Group and Gold Star Sports. Notable clients include Pavel Datsyuk, Nikita Kucherov and Ilya Mikheyev.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Daniel Milstein was born to a Ukrainian-Jewish family in Kiev, Ukraine, which was then known as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.[4] He was 10 years old when the Chernobyl nuclear plant blew up 78 miles north of his home in Kiev, Ukraine, forcing a mandatory evacuation in 1986 and eventually political refugee status. He then moved to America.[2] Milstein wrote 17 Cents and a Dream, about his family’s emigration to the United States. He wrote about his family’s arrival and starting from nothing to building Gold Star Companies. Milstein has written three other books including[1] Rule #1 Don’t Be #2, released in 2017.[5]


Milstein graduated from Cleary University before founding Gold Star Financial Group in 2000. The company began as a mortgage provider based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[2] Milstein didn’t engage in the subprime bubble and had significant growth during the 2008 mortgage crisis. They were on Inc.’s 2009 list of 500 Fastest-Growing privately-held companies and Crain's Detroit Business NewsLetter named Milstein on their list of "40 Under 40 in Detroit”.[6][7][8]

Milstein was a friend and interpreter of Pavel Datsyuk before becoming his agent[9] and managed negotiations for Datsyuk’s retirement from the NHL. After that, Milstein became the agent for several other Russian NHL players. In December 2016, Milstein (as Gold Star Sports Management) stepped in during Artemi Panarin’s contract negotiation with the Chicago Blackhawks.[10] The Blackhawks and Panarin agreed to a two-year extension worth $12 million; Panarin was later traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Danis Zaripov was represented by Milstein in negotiations with the NHL after being banned by the IIHF. Zaripov was declared eligible to play in September 2017.[citation needed]

Milstein represents several other Russian players including Nikita Zaitsev, Nikita Zadorov,[11] Alexey Marchenko, Andrei Mironov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Ilya Mikheyev, Mikhail Sergachev, Klim Kostin and Nikita Kucherov. His Hockey clientele also includes Vezina Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy[12] of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Hart Trophy winner and Tampa Bay teammate Nikita Kucherov[13] both of whom signed eight-year contract extensions for $76 million each.[2]


  • The ABC of Sales: Lessons from a Superstar (2011) GoldStar Publishing, MI. ISBN 0983552711
  • 17 Cents and a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the USSR to Living the American Dream (2013) GoldStar Publishing, MI. ISBN 0983552746
  • Street Smart Selling: How to Be a Sales Superstar (2014) GoldStar Publishing, MI. ISBN 978-0983552772
  • Rule #1 Don’t be #2 (2007) GoldStar Publishing, MI. ISBN 1947165038


  1. ^ a b Henderson, Tom (October 4, 2009). "C rain's 40 under 40: DANIEL MILSTEIN, 33". Crain's (Detroit Business). Crain Communications. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Falkner, Mark. "Northville's Dan Milstein turns 17 cents into hockey agency gold mine". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2021-03-18.
  3. ^ "Custance: Hockey world unsure how to handle agent Dan..." The Athletic. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  4. ^ McKee, Jenn (May 16, 2013). "Ann Arbor author's book, '17 Cents and a Dream,' wins an award". Ann Arbor News. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  5. ^ BWW News Desk. "Rule #1 Don't Be #2 Wins Beach Book Festival, Named Runner Up in New York Book Festival". Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  6. ^ Peter., Shankman (2013). Nice companies finish first : why cutthroat management is over--and collaboration is in (1st ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230341890. OCLC 797334609.
  7. ^ Milstein, Daniel. "Daniel Milstein". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2021-01-26.[verification needed]
  8. ^ "DANIEL MILSTEIN". Crain's Detroit Business. 2018-07-07. Retrieved 2023-08-02.
  9. ^ Cazeneuve, Brian (May 2, 2011). "Disgusting But In a Good Way". Sports Illustrated.
  10. ^ Hine, Chris Kuc, Chris. "Late agent switch doesn't derail Artemi Panarin's deal with Blackhawks". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2017-11-21.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "Agent: Russian NHL players harassed, threatened". ESPN.com. 2022-03-01. Retrieved 2022-04-14.
  12. ^ Company, Tampa Publishing. "When is $76 million a good deal for a goaltender? When it comes with a Stanley Cup". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2021-03-18.
  13. ^ Campbell, Ken. "Lightning ink Kucherov to eight-year, $76-million extension, but more work lies ahead". The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2021-03-18.

External links[edit]

Daniel Milstein in libraries (WorldCat catalog)