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Crosby’s agent exploring a world tour of NHL stars

Oct 15, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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Even if the NHL loses the entire season to a lockout, Sidney Crosby might not have to sign with an overseas club to play hockey.

Instead, he could be part of his agent’s world tour.

According to SportsBusiness Journal, Pat Brisson – co-head of CAA Sports’ hockey division – is exploring a sequel to the tour he organized during the 2004-05 lockout.

Brisson was the main organizer of the IMG World Stars Tour in which 25 to 30 players played 10 games in several European cities over two weeks in December 2004 during the previous NHL lockout. He believes there could be fan interest if they choose to revisit the idea.

“We had a plane (for the tour) for 17 days. (Now) the cost of the plane and the cost of the insurance may be more,” Brisson said. “But the revenues may be higher.”

In addition to Crosby, CAA represents the likes of Patrick Kane, Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Daniel Alfredsson, Jonathan Toews and Dany Heatley – none of which have signed overseas to date.

Players represented by other agencies could be involved as well.

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  1. wayoffpiste - Oct 15, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Hey fans: if we want to have impact we would not attend things like this. At this point, since neither side is completely transparent on their positions, I find both the owners AND the players equal part in this problem. If you want to hurt them, don’t attend this garbage and do not reward the owners with season ticket deposits. I know the lure of 10% interest is better than any bank, but it supports the lockout.

    Say no to both sides!! Both the players and the owners need to exist for the NHL, and both sides are currently holding the fans hostage.

  2. dkphilly1122 - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    The owners are the rich pricks sitting on there high horses like they’re desperate for money and not giving in to anything. If I was a player I’d play overseas or do the whole Tour thing to make money and basically tell the Owners to suck it you don’t need there money. The owners will realize within a month what’s good for them and come down from there ridiculous terms.

  3. acieu - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    Concussions on two continents. Would that be a record?

  4. thecheeman - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Who wants to watch a travelling all-star game with no hitting? This stupid idea will never get off the ground.

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