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Before busting owners, Allan Walsh busted criminals

Oct 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

Allan Walsh

Chances are if you’re on Twitter you’ve seen the work of agent Allan Walsh.

While the NHLPA does their own PR work rallying support of the players, Walsh has been more than aggressive in pushing the buttons of the NHL’s owners and drawing the fire of fans and media alike.

What you may not know about him, however, is he used to be the guy who put away violent criminals in Los Angeles. Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star has the fascinating story about Walsh spending six years prosecuting hardcore gang criminals and the gut-wrenching trial that made him decide to change careers.

Going from gang members to hockey players and owners sure makes for a drastic switch. That said, you’d have to think he’s not getting rattled when TSN’s Darren Dreger snarks back at him on Twitter.

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Oct 6, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    This clown needs to shut up on Twitter. Always quoting what Bettman had said, but won’t answer the question of why players should get a 50/50 split of revenues when NFL and NBA are getting that. The NHL isn’t even close to those 2 sports revenue wise.

    • js20011041 - Oct 6, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      You realize that it’s all proportional, right? As in, the NHL players aren’t asking for the same dollar amount that the NFL players are getting, but just the same percentage of the revenue as the NFL players.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Oct 7, 2012 at 1:03 AM

        of course it’s all proportional. the fact that both the NFL and NBA players who both just renegotiated their CBAs all went down from around 57% (which is where the NHL is at right now) down to a 50/50 split.

        I was just saying NHLPA needs to get off their high horse and realize where they are in the spectrum of pro sports. They way behind the NFL and NBA. They need to go down to 50/50 just like everyone else.

    • ThatGuy - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      The players are willing to go down to around 50/50. There last counter offer had them ending up around 52%, more negotiating and it will get down to 50/50.

      What they aren’t willing to do, and why there is a large divide between players and owners is that the players are unwilling to take salary rollbacks and want a gradual reduction in percentage over time. They feel the owners negotiated and signed those contracts, and they should honor them.

  2. bleedingteal4life - Oct 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Never heard of him…

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 6, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Love him or hate him, who knew he had such pretty eyes?

  4. jimw81 - Oct 6, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    I wish more players come out and speak out as passionately as he has done on twitter.

  5. Doesnotmatter - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I hate twitter……

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