Pat Brisson

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Pat Brisson (born January 22, 1965 in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec) is a Canadian National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) agent and co-head of the Hockey Division of Creative Artists Agency with partner J. P. Barry (CAA Hockey).

In 2008, Brisson was named 12th most powerful agent in all of sports by the Sports Business Journal and is consistently ranked as one of the 100 most powerful people in the National Hockey League (NHL) by The Hockey News.[1][2] He has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts during his career for the players he represents. The Hollywood Reporter did a piece on Brisson, A Day in the Life of CAA's Very own Jerry MacGuire (Hollywood Reporter).

Brisson has a high-profile client roster, including former Hart Memorial Trophy and Art Ross Trophy winner Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Anže Kopitar and Jonathan Toews. Just prior to the NHL trade deadline in March 2014, Brisson engineered a trade between the Vancouver Canucks and the Florida Panthers for client Roberto Luongo. During the 2014 off-season, he then negotiated matching eight-year, $84 million contracts—the highest average annual value of any contract since the introduction of the NHL's salary cap in 2005—for Chicago Blackhawks teammates Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

Since 2005, Brisson has represented first overall selections in the NHL Entry Draft, including three consecutive (Sidney Crosby in 2005, Erik Johnson in 2006, Patrick Kane in 2007). Brisson is the agent for John Tavares, who went first in the 2009 Draft and for Nathan MacKinnon, who went first in 2013. Additional clients Brisson represents include Jonathan Bernier, Daniel Brière, Matt Duchene, Claude Giroux, Carl Hagelin, Seth Jones, Kyle Okposo, Max Pacioretty, and Auston Matthews among others.

Over the course of his career, he has represented Hockey Hall of Fame inductees Luc Robitaille, Chris Chelios and Rob Blake, as well as Martin Brodeur, the winningest goaltender in NHL history.

Brisson moved to Los Angeles in 1987. In the early 1990s, Brisson founded "Skate with the Pros" and "California Dreamin"—youth hockey schools that feature NHL stars and coaches as instructors. He was an important figure in the growth of hockey in Southern California with his involvement with Iceoplex, a chain of ice rinks.[3]

Brisson enjoyed a successful junior hockey career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), averaging over a point per game with the Verdun Juniors, Drummondville Voltigeurs and Hull Olympiques, where he played for future NHL coach Pat Burns and played with NHL great Luc Robitaille.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 Verdun Juniors QMJHL 61 6 24 30 35 7 0 0 0 5
1983–84 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 61 24 44 68 70 10 5 3 8 17
1984–85 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 64 45 41 86 76 9 1 6 7 14
1985–86 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 59 37 46 83 73 15 14 18 32 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 20 Most Influential Sports Agents". Sportsbusinessjournal.com. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  2. ^ "CAA Adds Former IMG Hockey Bosses Pat Brisson, J.P. Barry". Sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Iceoplex". Iceoplex. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  4. ^ "Pat Brisson: Still in the game". Hockeyplayer.com. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 

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