How to Choose an Agent or Advisor
When retaining the person who will use their judgment, experience, education and expertise to guide you through the most important decisions of your career, make sure to consider the following:
Is this agent or advisor certified by the National Hockey League Players Association? By operation of U.S. law, any person who purports to negotiate conditions of terms of employment for a player with a National Hockey League team MUST be certified by the NHLPA (the players’ union). You can check for the agent’s name at www.nhlpa.com, scroll to the bottom of the page for a “Certified Player Agents.”
Make sure your agent or advisor is an attorney! The NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement is over 500 pages long! And it is written in dense legalese. The Canadian Hockey League’s rules and player agreements are also densely written. The NCAA rulebook is enormous. The IIHF rules and federation agreements that apply to a player’s transfer from one country to another are a confusing maze. You would not have an insurance agent operate on your knee – so make sure you have an attorney to know, explain and enforce your rights!
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Veritas Hockey is devoted to advancing the hockey careers of players dedicated to fulfilling their potential. We act as advisors for amateur players and agents for professionals. We have a network of contacts in amateur and professional hockey that is second to none, and can relate to our clients exactly what college, junior and professional scouts are saying about them.
We are an intentionally smaller, boutique firm that forges a personal relationship with clients and their families that the large corporate agencies simply cannot provide.
We don’t utilize stringers, so you’ll find us at the rink, watching our clients perform and interacting with coaches, scouts, and team personnel.
VeritasHockey knows how NHL teams scout, draft, and develop talent, as Tom Lynn did it for nine years in his role running the Hockey Operations for an NHL team and as an AHL General Manager. His experience in the GM’s box and at the draft table allows him to provide clients with unique insight into the world of professional hockey.
AN ETHICAL APPROACH IS THE FOUNDATION OF ALL OF OUR WORK
Agents have a reputation of putting their needs first, and the client’s second (or third, or fourth). Too many agents have been caught taking money on the side, or putting their clients into deals where the agent receives an undisclosed benefit. At Veritas Hockey, we live 3 principles that guide our client relationship and our client’s decisions --- Informed, Free and Unconflicted. We inform our clients of all offers, details, rules and communications to allow him to make a free decision based on his own perceptions, not forced by his agent, and unconflicted by his agent’s own interests in the matter or money at hand.