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NHLPA VOWS TO MONITOR AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS OF HOCKEY AGENTS
Published March 24, 1998
The NHLPA is "concerned" about a growing trend among player agents to recruit 13-and 14-year-old players and "is monitoring the situation," according to Alan Adams of the TORONTO STAR, in a follow-up to his Sunday feature on hockey agents. The NHLPA's J.P. Barry: "It hasn't been brought up to the player reps (who meet in the summer), but we have been monitoring and watching the amount of recruitment." Barry added that the union "would impose age restrictions and sanctions against agents who broke the rules only if NHL players wanted it done" (TORONTO STAR, 3/24). NOTES: In Philadelphia, Rich Hoffman writes that an NHL owner "salivates over the playoffs. For some teams, the difference between losing money and breaking even is the playoffs. For other teams, the difference between breaking even and making a good buck is the playoffs." Hoffman adds that the Flyers "probably" earn $1.5M per home playoff game (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 3/24)....Hawks Owner Bill Wirtz, on the league stopping play during the Olympics: "I was raised that you think of season-reservation holders first, second and third. ... I believe in never demeaning the regular season" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/22).