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Eagleson shunned from ’72 Summit Series celebrations

Sep 4, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

Alan Eagleson

All these years later, Alan Eagleson is still making headlines. The former executive director of the NHLPA (a position now held by Donald Fehr) is being forced to mark the 40th anniversary of his greatest triumph, the 1972 Summit Series, at home alone.

From The Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle:

The ’72 series made him a household name. And then, two decades later, came his dizzying fall – dozens of charges of embezzlement, fraud, racketeering and professional misconduct. He pleaded guilty to reduced charges in 1998 and spent six months in Mimico medium-security prison. Considering some accusations involved skimming pension and disability benefits for retired players, it’s little surprise some don’t want him at the party.

According to Mirtle, the “some” that don’t want him at the party are Phil Esposito, Brad Park, and Dennis Hull.

The rest, including Bobby Clarke, think the 79-year-old deserves an invite.

“This pissing around with Eagleson, that to me just broke the team,” Clarke said. “You don’t do what they’re doing to a team member. That’s not my version of a team. The majority of players feel the way I do, but these two guys have threatened to destroy the team. … Eagleson is part of that team, maybe the biggest part of anybody.”

It’s a tough situation. Sort of like the debate over whether Pete Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame. Does the good outweigh the bad? Has a high enough price already been paid?

Anyway, here’s an interview with Eagleson halfway through the ’72 Series and shortly after Vancouver fans booed Team Canada in Game 4.

  1. disp350 - Sep 4, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    If everything in the multiple books that have been written about the Eagle is true, then he doesnt desrve the honnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnmm

  2. cweez2 - Sep 4, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Peter? Brough must be wearing a ‘Peter’ Rose haircut to cover that lame brain…

  3. disp350 - Sep 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Cant believe the keyboard just got stuck!!!! Sorry about that. I

    If everything in the multiple books that have been written about the Eagle is true, then he doesn’t deserve the honor of being associated with the series.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Let’s see, the evidence shows that Eagleson thought it was cool to cheat the players he was supposed to be representing, and he’s being defended by a player who thought it was cool to take a vicious two-handed swing at an opponent’s leg during a game, breaking the man’s ankle. Hmmm. And sadder still, the hero of the tourney, Paul Henderson, is apparently too ill to be able attend the events. Everyone in the world of hockey wishes him well.

  5. icu84bs - Sep 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    I think one can safely assume it was not Mr. Clarke’s money the Eagle stole. Otherwise Bobbie would be kneeing him in the nuts at said party…

    • bruinsean44 - Sep 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      It’s official, Clarkie has completely lost jis mind…Eagleson belongs in jail being tortured forever!

      • windmiller4 - Sep 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        That escalated quickly…

  6. id4joey - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Screw him! He was in bed with the owners while negotiating player contracts. He screwed Bobby Orr and countless others, including members of his family. On the other hand, take him to Siberia and have work in the oil fields for his dishonesty.

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