Tavares won't start trend: Agents

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

Agents who represent junior-aged players aren't worried that some of their clients will follow the lead of John Tavares and strike out on their own.

"I'm not concerned about it at all," said Mark Guy, who works for Newport Sports Management Inc., the agency headed by Don Meehan. "I don't think there is any reason for us to think that this will become a trend."

Tabbed to be the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft, Tavares recently parted ways with agent Bryan Deasley. Tavares' mother, Barbara, will take on the duties usually done by agents. But those in the business figure Tavares will have a new agent in place by the time his name is called by an NHL club just over a year from now.

'DISAPPOINTED'

"I'm disappointed," Deasley said yesterday. "John is a special person and a friend and I will always be there for support if he needs it. That's all I want to say about it."

Another high-profile youngster, Patrick Kane, made it through the NHL draft last year without an agent. Kane was selected first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks and is in the running for the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie after recording 72 points (21 goals and 51 assists) in 82 games. Kane now is represented by Pat Brisson.

But agent Darren Ferris, like Guy, does not see a trend developing.

"I think (Tavares parting with Deasley) is an isolated incident," said Ferris, who works for The Orr Hockey Group agency, led by Bobby Orr. "Whether the players like it or not, hockey already is a business when they get to the OHL. The biggest thing at that age is they have a safe environment, which is conducive to development. We provide advice and protect their interests."

Guy helps represent Steven Stamkos, expected to be picked first overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning next month, and John McFarland, the first pick overall in the OHL draft this past weekend by the Sudbury Wolves. Among Ferris' clients are Windsor Spitfires forward Taylor Hall, recently named the OHL's rookie of the year, and Peterborough Petes defenceman Zach Bogosian, who is slated to be a top-10 pick in Ottawa next month.


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