Don Baizley: 1942 – 2013

Sadly, on Thursday, longtime NHLPA certified player agent Don Baizley passed away following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 71 years old.

Don was an accomplished and respected member of the hockey agent community, representing countless players over the course of his career. Along with his many North American based clients, Don was instrumental in helping bring many European players to the NHL.

He represented some of the biggest names in hockey during his tenure as an agent, including Teemu Selanne, Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic, Paul Kariya, Jari Kurri and Saku Koivu.

A proud resident of Winnipeg, MB, Don was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame as a Builder in 2007. The Manitoba Hall called him “a true ambassador of hockey not only in Manitoba but throughout North America and around the world" in their profile on their website about him.

Widely respected and regarded as a true gentleman within the sport, tributes have been pouring in from around the hockey world on Thursday as the news of Don’s passing broke.

There is no doubt that the tributes will continue to pour in from around the hockey world from players, fellow agents, GM’s and all who had the chance to work with and get to know Don.

He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

 

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