Eagleson Can Rot in Hell Until the End of the World !!!!!!!


bill barilko
#1
Alan Eagleson epitomises venal grasping criminal swine-words fail to describe the revulsion I feel when someone mentions his name

Alan Eagleson shut out by Summit Series players

In a modest glass and concrete house along the southern shore of Georgian Bay lives a lean 78-year-old man who enjoys a Coors Light before noon and may be the world’s biggest booster of the 1972 Canada-Russia hockey series. His Nissan’s plate reads “TC 1972.” His phone number ends in 1-9-7-2. He scrawls a sentimental note next to the Paul Henderson stamp on all his outgoing mail.

His name is Alan Eagleson and he had a little something to do with creating that historic eight-game match with the Soviets – but has been disinvited from offiicially commemorating it.

On the day before former Team Canada players would announce a series of events and products to celebrate the anniversary – Team Canada wine, Team Canada book, Team Canada trip to Russia, Team Canada beer stein – Mr. Eagleson was here at home, reading Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by his favourite non-fiction author, Robert Caro, just as he would be a day later during the lavish anniversary launch party. That’s also what he plans to be doing on Sept. 3, when the old-timers he first brought together as young men fly off for celebrations in Russia. Mr. Eagleson, Summit Series impresario, will be sitting here with LBJ because a) it’s a really long book and b) his invitation has been rescinded.

“I was in, then I was out,” he said, “but I’m not about to lose any sleep over it.”

Mr. Eagleson’s role on that team – the first ever to be called Team Canada – was so expansive that his title simply became Uncle Al. He was manager and motivator, travel agent and godfather, firebrand and peacemaker.

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.

“I didn’t like him then and I don’t like him now,” said Phil Esposito, Team Canada’s standout centre in the Summit Series. “Bobby Clarke likes him. I know Serge Savard likes him. But not me, and not Parkie [Brad Park].”

The players maintain a business relationship to promote the team and raise funds for the neediest among them. At a meeting earlier this year, they voted to include Mr. Eagleson.

“There were about 20 of us and three or so who didn’t want Eagle back,” recalled Bobby Clarke, who centred Paul Henderson’s line in the series. “All the guys said they’d go along with the vote. Then three days later Park and Dennis Hull said they wouldn’t come to any ceremonies if Eagle is there, so now he’s out.”

The Philadelphia Flyers legend is now returning the threat, saying he won’t attend any of the events in Russia and few in Canada unless Mr. Eagleson is reinstated.

“This pissing around with Eagleson, that to me just broke the team,” he explained. “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.”

Another Eagleson defender, forward Marcel Dionne, has urged the ’72 players to give Mr. Eagleson a second chance. “There’s a lack of maturity in these types of things,” he said. “[Mr. Eagleson] paid the price. You have to find a way to forgive and go on with your life.”

Neither Mr. Park nor Mr. Hull, both of whom sit on the team’s player committee, could be reached on Friday. Another committee member, former Toronto Maple Leafs great Ron Ellis, who rounded out the Henderson line with Mr. Clarke, is playing referee.

“Twenty-five years ago when we first spearheaded a modest reunion, we just brought players and coaches,” he said. “From day one, this has been strictly a player-and-coach event. That’s how we’ve approached it all along and that’s how it will continue to be. I certainly understand the positive impact Al had on the victory, but as far as we’re concerned it was the folks sitting behind the bench that did it.”

Perhaps if Mr. Eagleson was more repentant about his past, the players would ease up, but contrition was never his strong suit.

“I think the only thing that will please some of them is death and I’m not interested in that,” he said. “I paid a terrible price for whatever happened. Anyone who doesn’t like me will blame me for their misfortune. God bless them. Tough luck.”

He expects he and wife, Nancy, will be celebrating quietly with a bottle of champagne on Sept. 28, the anniversary of Mr. Henderson’s dramatic game-winning goal. At this point, he’s more concerned with the anniversary organization, which has been plagued by cancelled events, elusive financing and a lack of political backing.

“It all seems a bit of a fiasco,” he said, slamming his fist on a lawn chair. “If I’d done it I would have gone to Stephen Harper and said ‘Forget that I’m the pariah. We delivered you the greatest event in Canadian sports history. It’s time you and the government recognized these guys because some of these players are hurting financially, emotionally and physically. This country owes them a great debt of gratitude, as do I.’”
 
damngrumpy
+2
#2
Wait a minute, the players go to functions and take part in promotion to help
players that didn't end up with much money and they want the guy who stole
from them to be part of the promotion and ceremonies? I wouldn't attend if he
was there either.
 
talloola
+3
#3  Top Rated Post
Eagleson is an unimportant piss ant, and should be left behind and completely forgotton about, he
did nothing to enhance our game, we all have moved on many years ago to enjoy our hockey and
introduce more class to the game and the institution, and he doesn't fit into that mold at all.

Many people in the past have done things to mar the name of canadian hockey, and he is just one
of them, forget him like we have all the others.
 
PoliticalNick
+1
#4
I can certainly understand why some don't want him around. I would be likely to stab him in the eye with my salad fork if he ripped me off the way he did the players.
 
Walter
#5
Eagleson is a relative of my wife. He has always been cordial at family functions. The vitriol he receives from some former clients is interesting.
 
bill barilko
+2
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Eagleson is a relative of my wife. He has always been cordial at family functions. The vitriol he receives from some former clients is interesting.

That's because he's a thief.
 
PoliticalNick
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Eagleson is a relative of my wife. He has always been cordial at family functions. The vitriol he receives from some former clients is interesting.

If I give you the salad fork will you do the deed for me and all the players he robbed for millions?
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
+2
#8
He did his time. Whether he goes or not is up to the players. They did a vote. They should stand by it. This 'I'm not going if he goes' is grade 1 recess type behaviour.

I am also wondering why we are doing a trip to Russia. Seems like being poor winners rubbing salt into a 30 year old wound.
 

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