SBJ/June 18 - 24, 2001/Other News

Hockey agent Chra sets up new firm

Longtime IMG hockey agent Jiri Chra has left the firm and set up his own business, taking with him as many as 25 clients who include NHL players, minor leaguers and players yet to be drafted, sources said.

Chra is believed to have taken with him many of the clients who hail from the Czech and Slovakian republics, but he did not take Pittsburgh Penguins star Jaromir Jagr or New York Rangers center Petr Nedved, sources said.

It is not clear how many NHL, minor league and amateur players were in the group that left with Chra, but sources said he now represents the Ottawa Senators' Marian Hossa, Colorado Avalanche's Milan Hejduk and Martin Skoula, New York Islanders' Roman Hamrlik and Columbus Blue Jackets' Rostislav Klesla.

Chra, when reached for comment, said he was busy and would call back, but didn't. He did not return repeated phone calls. IMG officials had no comment.

— Liz Mullen

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