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About The Hockey Group

"The Hockey Group agency provides the benefits of a large agency with on-time, responsive, individualized, attention & service."

The Hockey Group has been providing leading edge representation and comprehensive services for players and parents at all levels of hockey worldwide. We provide the benefits of a large hockey agency with on-time, responsive, and individualized attention and service.

The Hockey Group has successfully navigated the careers of many hockey players as they have developed from amateur athletes to the professional ranks, helping navigate and guide them upon a successful path. Our commitment to you is simple – to reduce the uncertainty experienced at every level in the hockey world.

“Putting our hearts into our players”

The Hockey Group (THG) provides representation and comprehensive services for players and families at all levels of hockey worldwide. We provide the benefits of a large hockey agency with on-time, responsive, and individualized attention and service. The Hockey Group – hockey agency navigates the careers of many hockey players as they have developed from amateur athletes to the professional athletes, helping navigate and guide them along a successful path. Our commitment to you is simple – to reduce the uncertainty experienced at every level in the hockey world.

The Hockey Group – is a small town agency that was forged from passion of sports and families, with legal expertise and the willingness to go the extra mile.

THG is passionate about the work we do for our clients and we are confident that our clients feel the same way. We offer competitive rates, and our representation is to the standard of agencies in the professional hockey industry. The Hockey Group has working relationships with many teams in various leagues throughout the world, and the mutual respect between all will guarantee the best fit possible when it comes to placing our clients.

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Agent and Directors

"The Hockey Group agency provides the benefits of a large agency with on-time, responsive, individualized, attention & service."


The Hockey Group prides itself on integrity, honesty, and a holistic approach to player management. For over a decade we have been representing and developing elite hockey players worldwide – helping players and their families reach the next level.

Mike McArthur, J.D.

Mike McArthur, J.D.

Founder

Mike was the founder of The Hockey Group as a lawyer and partner in the firm of Cline, Backus, Nightingale & McArthur LLP. Mike was a certified NHLPA Agent from 1997 until 2013 when all operations were transferred and managed by the network’s current owners and operators. The principles and standards Mike established continue to be those of our entire growing organization.

Kris Walleyn

Kris Walleyn

Director of Hockey Operations | Partner

Kris is focused on day to day operations of The Hockey Group.

Cell (519)608.3205

Pat LaCelle

Pat LaCelle

Director of Major Junior Operations / Advisor for Quebec & Ottawa Regions

Pat was a former QMJHL scout that focuses on the Major Junior Hockey business for The Hockey Group.

Cell (418)270.0113

Mike McArthur, J.D.

Mike McArthur, J.D.

Founder

Mike was the founder of The Hockey Group as a lawyer and partner in the firm of Cline, Backus, Nightingale & McArthur LLP. Mike was a certified NHLPA Agent from 1997 until 2013 when all operations were transferred and managed by the network’s current owners and operators. The principles and standards Mike established continue to be those of our entire growing organization.

Kris Walleyn

Kris Walleyn

Director of Hockey Operations | Partner

Kris is focused on day to day operations of The Hockey Group.

Cell (519)608.3205

Pat LaCelle

Pat LaCelle

Director of Major Junior Operations / Advisor for Quebec & Ottawa Regions

Pat was a former QMJHL scout that focuses on the Major Junior Hockey business for The Hockey Group.

Cell (418)270.0113

Agent Services

Families should be sure that the agency shares the same values,goals and expectations for the player.The Hockey Group takes pride in putting families first with our smaller, attention to detail approach when guiding players through turbulent times.

The Hockey Group has been providing leading edge representation and comprehensive services for players and parents at all levels of hockey worldwide. We provide the benefits of a large hockey agency with on-time, responsive, and individualized attention and service. The Hockey Group has navigated  many hockey players careers,helping navigate and guide them upon a successful path. Our commitment to you is simple – to reduce the uncertainty experienced at every level in the hockey world.

 

Draft Preparation

019224-green-jelly-icon-symbols-shapes-check-in-boxEvery client is prepared for the draft process whether it is the CHL Import, WHL,OHL,QMJHL or NHL draft. We offer a precise understanding of all components of the draft from interviews to combines. The Hockey Group works extremely hard during clients draft years to maximize and market our clients to the fullest.

Contract Negotiations

082254-green-jelly-icon-business-document4The hockey world is an extremely competitive industry where an athlete’s peak earning potential is achieved in a relatively short time. As an athlete’s income must be fully maximized during the playing career in order to ensure and secure earning potential over the long haul.

Marketing & Endorsements

003223-green-jelly-icon-media-loud-speaker The Hockey Group will assist clients in developing a marketing strategy that will maximize their potential for revenue on and off the ice. Due to todays salary cap era, most players make excess earnings in the endorsement portion of their portfolio.

Insurance

092959-green-jelly-icon-signs-medical-alert1The Hockey Group’s protection policy program is a specialized insurance coverage program that deals with the most ideal insurance groups in the business. The Hockey Group works with teams, leagues, and Player’s Associations to make sure all its clients’ are covered.

Media Relations

099990-green-jelly-icon-social-media-logos-myspace-logoWe offer all of our clients media and public relations training and guidance on handling everything from interviews to special media events. Media relations training can come in handy very early on in a young players career, most media relations start in a players Major Junior career and spans into their professional playing days. Knowing how to handle these type of events maximizes a players character no matter what stage in their career they are at.

Social Media

100029-green-jelly-icon-social-media-logos-twitter-logo-squareThese days athletes and social media go hand and hand, social media is becoming an increasingly large component of the role of a high-level athlete. The Hockey Group realizes the importance of our clients being engaged with social media and we work closely with players to make sure they are mindful of the approach each player takes when using social media platforms.

 

Immigration

082295-green-jelly-icon-business-globe We will ensure that of our players are up to date with current immigration status, rules and regulations. The Hockey Group work provides access to immigration lawyers that deal with athletes needs on a regular basis.

Financial Services

082240-green-jelly-icon-business-currency-dollar-sc35We will ensure that personal, professional and financial aspects are coordinated and fully integrated in a professional career. You can then focus and develop your attention on your conditioning and on-ice duties.

Legal Services

028926-green-jelly-icon-culture-astrology2-scale We will ensure that personal, professional and financial aspects are coordinated and fully integrated in a professional career. You can then focus and develop your attention on your conditioning and on-ice duties.

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Family Advisors

Due to NCAA regulations and eligibility (NCAA Clearinghouse) standards, many families are balancing between the choice of Major Jr hockey and the NCAA. Rules and regulations prohibit any amateur player from using a person to represent them on behalf of the player for contract negotiations.The Hockey Group offers the services of family advisors, of which non of them act or participate in any contract negotiation at any level of hockey. The Hockey Group hockey agency has strategically placed advisors within our operational area. They assist with the guidance, education and direction of The Hockey Group families.

Talented  hockey players face what can be a tough decision at a young age between playing Major Junior hockey in the CHL or NCAA hockey. Both options are not perfect, or don’t truly offer a better way for every player and their family. NCAA advocates feel that their combination of hockey, education and life experience provides the best development path for young players, both as players and as people. From a hockey development perspective, the NCAA has established itself as the fastest growing development path to the NHL. More than 30 per cent of all NHL players are developed in the NCAA. U.S. college hockey produces more NHL players then all of European countries combined. Another element  that benefits the NCAA in terms of development. Prospects typically play NCAA hockey when they are between 19 and 24 years old, as opposed to 16 to 20 for CHL players.

Gerry McKeown

Gerry McKeown

Family Advisor Southern Ontario / Upper State N.Y. Region

Cell (905)325.5866
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Jonas Tomiuck

Jonas Tomiuck

Family Advisor Ontario Region / On Ice Skills and Development

Cell (905)401.1871
EMAIL

Warren Nye

Warren Nye

Family Advisor South Western Ontario / Mental Strength Coach

Cell (519)719.6925
EMAIL

Jake Roberts

Jake Roberts

Family Advisor Ontario Region / analytical specialist

CELL(519)854.2815
EMAIL

Dave McLellan

Dave McLellan

Family Advisor British Columbia and California Region

EMAIL

Gerry McKeown

Gerry McKeown

Family Advisor Southern Ontario / Upper State N.Y. Region

Cell (905)325.5866
EMAIL

Jonas Tomiuck

Jonas Tomiuck

Family Advisor Ontario Region / On Ice Skills and Development

Cell (905)401.1871
EMAIL

Warren Nye

Warren Nye

Family Advisor South Western Ontario / Mental Strength Coach

Cell (519)719.6925
EMAIL

Jake Roberts

Jake Roberts

Family Advisor Ontario Region / analytical specialist

CELL(519)854.2815
EMAIL

Dave McLellan

Dave McLellan

Family Advisor British Columbia and California Region

EMAIL

Family Advisor Services

063525-green-jelly-icon-people-things-hat-graduationThe Hockey Group Family Advisor services are for hockey players who want to play prep school, major midget, U-16 and U-18 programs, Junior “A” (In the U.S. and Canada)  Junior “B” and college hockey (both NCAA and CIS). The Hockey Group works with a small number of  players of each birth year and help them put in place a  plan to help them achieve their athletic and academic goals.

 

NCAA rules in regards to agents and advisors:

Young  players are not permitted to have agents who market their skills or negotiate with professional hockey teams on their behalf. The definition of a professional team includes major junior clubs (NCAA bylaw 12.2.3.2.4).

Hockey players and their families are permitted to have advisors to offer guidance and advice, so long as that advisor does not market his or her client’s hockey skills or negotiate with professional hockey teams on behalf of the client.
If a player or his family uses the services of an advisor, he must compensate that advisor in an amount equal to the services provided. A modest annual fee is recommended.

Make no mistake about it….
If you have an Agent, an unpaid Family Advisor and/or a paid Family Advisor who has been involved in discussions with a Canadian Major Junior hockey clubs on your behalf or if you have received anything of value from an Agent or an Advisor (sticks, skates, meals, free training program or Camp costs covered) you are no longer eligible to play NCAA hockey!

The Hockey Group provides family advisor services for families interested in pursuing a college education and for those seeking to become a student athlete at the Division I and Division III College level:

 

General outline of our Advising Services

– Professional Advice
– Understanding of  NCAA Rules & Regulations (Assisting with SAT’s, NCAA Clearinghouse and Core Courses)
– Keeping Player’s Amateur Status intact
– Mentorship
– Navigate Options On & Off the Ice
– Share Common Goals, Values, & Expectations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         111111

 

 

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Player Development

Strength and Conditioning

045381-green-jelly-icon-sports-hobbies-weight-lifting2-sc43NLPT Since 2008, Next Level Performance Training has been the leader in athletic development and strength and conditioning in the Waterloo Region. NLPT has trained dozens of elite athletes from the CHL, NCAA, National Hockey League Draft picks, and professional ranked athletes. Rather than conducting group-based training sessions, our approach is highly individualized to the needs of each athlete by taking their age, sport, injury history, and abilities into consideration. Along with designing safe and effective training programs, we also strive to create an intense, hard-working training environment where serious athletes can thrive and realize their true potential. Our 3000-square-foot facility is designed with serious athletes in mind. Unlike large commercial gyms, NLPT puts a premium on open space to perform jumps, sprints and other athletic movements. As for equipment, they have everything you need to develop your athletic abilities. Click on the “NLPT” logo for more information.

Mental Toughness Coaching

063475-green-jelly-icon-people-things-brainWarrenThe Hockey Group supplies the access to the services of Mental Strength Coach Warren Nye. With years of experience in sports and business – from coaching a very successful National Championship hockey team and then managing other hockey teams along the way – Warren has seen it all! But there is one thing that we don’t always see. That is the passion! The dreams and full out commitment to raise oneself to the highest level no matter what field you play or work in. We know trying to tap into your full potential takes time and know-how and at Mind Over Sport we show you the right way. With ground breaking programs that center on the individual and using a positive psychology concept, we identify the person’s strengths and there we cultivate it to allow one to rise not only in one area but throughout all areas of one’s life. Click on the “Mind Over Sports” logo for more information.

Skills and Development

045338-green-jelly-icon-sports-hobbies-people-hockeyThe Hockey Group Advisor Jonas Tomiuck assists clients at all levels to improve structure and efficiency through functional on ice training. Jonas specializes and provides individualized on-ice skills and development training in key player growth area’s. Ranging from many different skating techniques,shooting and accuracy drills coupled with passing and agility workouts.

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News Centre

Mooney scores first QMJHL career goal

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The Hockey Group client Ryan Mooney (Sudbury, Ontario) scored his first career QMJHL goal against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. The 17 year old rookie has put up 1 goal

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