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GSSM logs NHL coach, GM contracts, Singletary signing

Gil Scott Sports Management has signed former NFL player and coach Mike Singletary and negotiated three NHL coaching deals and one general manager deal in the last several weeks.

GSSM founder and owner Gil Scott negotiated recent deals for Barry Trotz to become coach of the Washington Capitals and for Mike Johnston to become coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also negotiated a deal for Jim Benning to become general manager of the Vancouver Canucks.

In addition, Scott negotiated a two-year extension for Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards.

Richards was an existing client, but Trotz, Johnston and Benning have all signed with Scott in the last two months. They were not previously represented by agents.

Scott said he is interested in securing endorsements and speaking engagements for all of his NHL coaching and general manager clients in their new markets, as well as nationally.

Singletary, a Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears who has held NFL coaching positions, including head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, was hired last month as a senior adviser to Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations, working in the league office. But Scott said Singletary is looking to make a return as a coach and hired him for coaching representation.

“Mike is ready for his next opportunity to be a head coach in the National Football League,” Scott said. Singletary was formerly represented for coaching work by Bob LaMonte.

GSSM is based in Toronto and represents about 10 NHL coaches and general managers, seven NFL players, and about 50 Canadian Football League players.

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