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Heatley sues ex-agent, partners for $11 million

Aug 18, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley has filed a lawsuit in Calgary against his former agent — and his former agent’s parents — for $11 million.

More, from the Globe and Mail:

[Heatley] alleges that his former agent and business adviser, Stacey McAlpine, as well as McAlpine’s parents, Gerald and Eugenia, lured him into several real-estate ventures across Canada and the United States with promises of huge returns that never materialized.

The lawsuit, filed last week in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary, also alleges that Heatley’s former agent dipped into his bank accounts and made unauthorized withdrawals of more than $4-million.

The 20-page statement of claim alleges conspiracy, oppression, breach of fiduciary obligation and unjust enrichment by the McAlpine family, which Heatley accuses of using multiple corporate entities “as a sham, cloak or alter ego, in order to shield themselves from personal liability.”

The Globe reports that Heatley and McAlpine became close friends after Heatley was behind the wheel during a car accident that killed his Atlanta Thrashers teammate, Dan Snyder, in 2003.

“Stacey provided [Heatley] with considerable emotional support and advice during his recuperation from a tragic automobile accident in Atlanta, Georgia,” the lawsuit notes. “During this period their friendship flourished, particularly [Heatley’s] reliance and trust in Stacey.”

The lawsuit also claims Heatley invested millions in various real estate ventures spearheaded by the McAlpine family. Last year, Heatley was issued a default judgement against NSEM Management — the McAplines were the principals — for more than $1.3 million.

According to court documents, that money was never paid. Probably because nobody knows where Stacey McApline is.

Heatley’s other agent, J.P. Barry, said “nobody” has been able to reach McAlpine since this case started.

“I’m not going to speak for Dany, but he’s going to proceed on this,” Barry told the Globe. “We’re just going to move forward with the claim.

“It’s a sad tale of mismanagement,”

  1. charleslouis99 - Aug 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    the *all star* is not very happy

  2. ndrick731 - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    If anybody deserves something like that it’s this little crybaby. Probably the most overrated player in history and just a team cancer every place he has been.

    • nolockoutpricks - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      he is anything but a cancer, in the wild locker room. hes is loved by all players and coaches alike for his hard work and dedication.

    • lordfletcher - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM


      You do not know Heatley personally, nor do I, or probably anyone on these boards. So stop acting like he did something to you or your mom / dog / boyfriend / whatever. He’s a hockey player, not your cousin.

      It sounds like Heatley trusted the wrong person and I hope however this plays out, the person in the wrong gets his someday. I do not know the situation well at all so I will not start to point the finger but it doesn’t look good for McAlpine.

  3. youngs79 - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Heatley is a pro’s pro. He is well liked by his teammates. I’ve never heard or read one bad thing about him since he’s joined the Wild. All you hear is positive stuff.

  4. jason9696 - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    The parents of the teammate he killed several years ago should have sued his ass. I don’t care if they were friends or not.

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      So the people with all the facts decided not to pursue charges but somehow you know better than them?

  5. jason9696 - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    He was driving recklessly. So yes he should have been charged with something. If it was you or me we probably would have been. That’s just how it is.

    • lordfletcher - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      You should really read up on the story.

      the departed’s mother had plenty to say and knew nothing good would come of “suing” his ass. Most people in this world care for more things than money, this mother, cared for her child.

      So kindly, go F%ck yourself!

  6. mikeyhigs - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    I’m not sure about Canada, but here in the States, a lot of real estate ventures have gone south over the last several years

  7. ray2013 - Aug 19, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    When I read it, that’s what I was thinking about. If he was investing in the real estate market, there was a period where people made a lot of money buying and flipping properties. It worked good until the merry-go-round decided to stop and people were left holding over-priced property and took a bath.

    So even if they did manage everything fine, it may have gone south anyways with the bust. But given how bad they look, Heatley would probably win anyways.

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