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Off the Beaten Path: Disbarred Canadian Lawyer Alan Eagleson

Becoming a lawyer is not the only path you can take after graduating from law school. Every Monday we bring you the story of a former lawyer or law student who has taken an unusual or unique career path.

One of the most colorful and controversial figures in pro sports, Alan Eagleson is also a disbarred Canadian lawyer, a convicted felon and a former politician. He is probably best known, however, as pro hockey’s first “super agent,” having represented such notable stars as Bobby Orr, having served as the first executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association and having promoted the legendary 1972 Summit Series, now known as the World Cup of Hockey.  Yet Eagleson was also convicted of fraud and embezzlement—perpetrated against his player-clients—and was even briefly imprisoned as a result.  Amazingly, however, some of the very players Eagleson used to represent still stand defend him.

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