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EXPOSING THE WORKINGS OF THE EAGELSON EMPIRE
Published November 22, 1995
MACLEAN's magazine profiles LAWRENCE EAGLE-TRIBUNE sports editor RUSS CONWAY's expose on former NHLPA Exec Dir ALAN EAGELSON, who is currently under investigation by U.S. and Canadian authorities and faces, along with the NHL and 22 of its teams, a lawsuit filed by five former players. Conway's Toronto publisher, Macfarlane, Walter & Ross, has not publicized the book, "Game Misconduct: Alan Eagelson and the Corruption of Hockey," for fear of attracting an injunction from Eagelson's lawyers. The book alleges, among other things, that Eagelson kept the revenue from sale of end-board signage during the '91 Canada Cup by telling both Labatt's (which had retained promotional rights to the event for C$42M) and the IIHF that each other party had retained those rights. Conway alleges Eagelson sold the advertising himself to separate sponsors. BRIAN GREENSPAN, Eagleson's attorney, attacks the credibility of Conway's sources, particularly BOBBY ORR. Greenspan: "Unfortunately, a lot of people are trying to rewrite history. A great deal of this stuff is fantasy" (D'Arcy Jenish, MACLEAN'S, 11/27).