Bobby Orr

… “’Number 4, Bobby Orr,’ as he was known … reigns as one of the most admired athletes in North America both for his transformative hockey career and personal grace.”

[Bob Holer, Boston Globe – Sept 29, 2013]

Bobby Orr played 12 seasons in the NHL (1966-1978) and is today widely recognized as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. His #4 jersey was retired by the Boston Bruins in 1979. Following his legendary NHL playing career and his work as a player agent, Bobby Orr and partners Rick Curran and Paul Krepelka formed The Orr Hockey Group in 2002.

Orr’s hockey statistics and awards are without match in the history of the NHL. A full 35 years following his retirement as a player in 1978, he still holds a number of the League’s most coveted records: Most points in one NHL season by a defenceman (139); most assists in one season by a defenceman (102); highest plus/minus in one season (+124); and he is tied for most assists in one game by a defenceman (6). He is the only player in NHL history to win four major awards in one season – the Hart, Norris, Art Ross, and Conn Smythe trophies in 1970; and the only player to win the Norris and Art Ross trophies in the same season more than once…

RICK CURRAN

Active in the representation of players since 1978, Rick Curran brings over 35 years of experience to the Orr Hockey Group. During that time, he has negotiated several of the industry’s precedent setting contracts.

Many of the players Curran has represented are now key decision makers in the game today. The familiarity and trust of those strong relationships provide an important level of communication on behalf of Orr Hockey clients.

Rick’s initial association with Bobby Orr began in 1969 as a staff member of the Orr Walton Sports Camp. Many of the people he met and the relationships that were forged during those ten summers had a profound impact on his life in hockey.

Following a successful college hockey career at Merrimack College, he was appointed International Hockey Coordinator for Hockey Canada. Rick served as Business Manager for Team Canada for two world championships (1977-Vienna and 1978-Prague) and for the Team Canada Juniors (1978-Montreal).

Partnered with Bill Watters, Curran then helped build Branada Sports Management into one of the business’s premier hockey agencies. Having purchased the company and renaming it Representation Incorporated, he eventually relocated its offices to Philadelphia PA in 1991…

JEFF JACKSON

Jeff Jackson joined the Orr Hockey Group as a partner in November, 2012. Immediately prior to joining Orr Hockey, Jackson was the principal of his own successful player agency, Next Level Sports Management. With over 30 years of experience in the game of hockey, Jeff’s unique background, first as a player, then as an NHL team front office executive and now, as an NHLPA certified agent and family advisor, enables him to provide players and their families with practical and insightful advice that will help them best pursue their hockey and educational goals.

As a player, Jackson played major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League during which time he was a two-time OHL All-Star, was a nominee for the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year award and won a Gold medal as a member of Canada’s National Junior team at the 1985 World Junior Hockey Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Jeff was the 28th overall selection in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs and went on to play a total of 269 NHL games for Toronto, New York Rangers, Quebec Nordiques and Chicago Blackhawks.

Following his retirement from professional hockey, Jackson attended law school at Western University and interned for the NHL’s Senior VP of Hockey Operations in New York. Following his graduation, Jeff joined Heenan Blaikie LLP, one of Canada’s largest national law firms. During his eight years at that firm, Jackson practiced corporate law and was an integral member of Heenan Blaikie’s Entertainment and Sports law group…

DAVE GAGNER

Dave Gagner joined the Orr Hockey Group as a partner on September 1st 2013. Dave brings a tremendous amount of experience, practical knowledge and hockey industry relationships to his important role within our company. Based in the Toronto area and working closely with Jeff Jackson, Dave is responsible for recruiting, mentoring and helping our client players best pursue their hockey related goals and aspirations. Gagner is involved in all of Orr Hockey’s strategic decisions and his experience as a successful entrepreneur is invaluable as our company evolves and adapts to the ever-changing demands of the hockey business.

Prior to joining Orr Hockey, Dave was the Director of Player Development for the Vancouver Canucks for over five years. In that role, he was primarily responsible for working with Vancouver’s drafted and young players to assist in their continued growth as professionals. He also advised on all Canucks training and skill development programs while working closely with the Canucks scouting departments to create Summer Development and Training Camp rosters.

He also has invaluable experience as a top level coach. Gagner was an Assistant Coach with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (2006 to 2008) and with the 2005 OHL Cup Championship Toronto Marlies Minor Midgets. During this time, he was instrumental in the coaching and development of current NHL’ers John Tavares, Patrick Kane, Brendan Smith as well as his own son Sam Gagner…

Mike Curran

Michael Curran joined The Orr Hockey Group in 2007 and has been a NHLPA Certified Agent since 2006. Michael plays an instrumental role in Orr Hockey’s U.S. based player recruitment and management with particular focus in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. In addition to his capacity as family advisor for NCAA college bound student athletes, he also negotiates contracts for OHL players and assists in the negotiation of NHL contracts. Finally, Michael is also active in securing and negotiating marketing and sponsorship opportunities for Orr Hockey Group clients.

Mike earned his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar. Prior to law school, he was an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island where he played four years of ACHA D-1 hockey winning a national championship and being named an All-American in 2006.
Mike resides in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife Jessica and their three children, Sofia, Sienna and Michael Jr.

DARREN ORR

Darren Orr has been part of the Orr Hockey Group team since 2005 and is a NHLPA certified agent. Based in the Boston area, Darren’s primary responsibilities include player recruitment, player service and contract negotiations.

Darren attended Duke University graduating in the spring of 1996 with a BA degree and Marketing & Management certificate. Following graduation, Darren worked for the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League. In this role, he was responsible for developing the marketing programs and spearheading the franchises public relations and publicity initiatives. He was also responsible for maintaining the brand’s integrity and integrated consistent promotional strategies with the franchise’s associated retail store. Following his tenure in Lowell, Darren’s continued his marketing career working directly with the president of Direct Results Group of Boston.

Darren currently resides in Cohasset, Massachusetts with his wife Chelsea and their two children, Alexis and Braxton.

DAN MARSHALL

Dan Marshall joined the Orr Hockey Group in November, 2012 and is responsible for overseeing the recruitment, development and servicing of Orr Hockey clients in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, which includes among others, the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas.

Since 1989, Dan has developed elite junior, college, and professional athletes and has worked at both the National Hockey League (NHL) and American Hockey League (AHL) levels. He served as the Director of Player Development for the New York Islanders and also as the Head Coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islander’s AHL affiliate (2001-07).

During this time, Dan worked closely with a young Zdeno Chara (now captain of the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins and a former Norris Trophy winner). Dan has worked with many NHL players and has helped prepare and develop each individual player to succeed at the pro level. Prior to his working at the NHL and AHL levels, Dan founded Canadian Elite Hockey in 1992 which was responsible for developing numerous Junior A and NCAA Elite athletes.

Having worked in amateur scouting in the OHL, USHL and NHL, Dan has developed a keen eye for elite prospects. His passion is in developing character athletes to become the best player/person they can be while helping them fulfill their dream of playing in the National Hockey League…

BOB THORNTON

Bob Thornton, son of former NHL agent Bob Thornton Sr., joined the Orr Hockey Group in November, 2012 and is responsible for the recruitment and development of OHG clients in the greater New York area. Along with joining Orr Hockey, Bob is currently the owner of Elite Hockey Development (hockey development company).

Bob grew up in the business and became a player and coach. Since 2004, Bob has worked with the New Jersey Rockets Junior program as the Director and Head coach of the Junior A and B teams. Prior, he was an assistant coach of the Roanoke Express (ECHL), and played in the USHL, OHL and ECHL throughout his ten year career as a hockey player.

Bob founded and formerly managed the USHL Combine and Player Development program.

Bob lives in Long Island, NY with his wife, Annie, and his two sons, Robert and Matthew.

Alexander Eaton

Alexander Eaton joined the Orr Hockey Group team in June, 2015. His primary responsibilities include player recruitment, development and service, working closely with Jeff Jackson and Dave Gagner in Ontario and related regions. Alexander’s background and experience in hockey is extensive, having played in the Ontario Hockey League for the Sudbury Wolves and Barrie Colts (2003-2006).

Following his OHL career, he attended Western University and graduated with a Political Science degree. For the past number of years, Alex has been a coach in the Greater Toronto Hockey League, mentoring and helping young players pursue their hockey-related goals and aspirations. Alexander has an exemplary reputation and a strong network within the Greater Toronto amateur hockey circles, the OHL and various professional leagues.

Alexander currently resides in Toronto, Ontario with his wife Meredith.

Philippe Bureau

Philippe Bureau joined the Orr Hockey Group in April 2015. Philippe is responsible for the recruitment and servicing of OHG hockey prospects in Quebec and the Maritimes provinces. With more than ten years of experience in player recruitment, service and contract negotiations, Philippe has developed a strong reputation within amateur and professional hockey circles in his native Quebec and Eastern Ontario. Over the past decade, Philippe has developed close working relationships with major junior (QMJHL), collegiate (NCAA) and professional (NHL/AHL/ECHL) scouts, coaches and general managers.

Prior to his experience in the hockey industry, Philippe obtained his law degree in 1999 from the Université de Sherbrooke and has been a member of the Quebec Bar Association since 2000.

Philippe currently resides in Sherbrooke, Quebec with his partner Brigitte and children Edouard, Clémence and Béatrice.

Brock Ouellet

Brock Ouellet joined the Orr Hockey Group in April, 2014. Brock is responsible for NHL draft preparation and logistics, compiling daily statistical and media information for all OHG clients, player research used in contractual negotiations and analyzing league-wide trends, organizational depth, and salary cap details at the NHL level. Working closely with Jeff Jackson, Dave Gagner and Alex Eaton, Brock’s other responsibilities include player recruitment, development and service in Ontario.

Brock was a draft pick of the Owen Sound Attack and played five years of junior hockey in the OJHL and CCHL. Following his junior hockey career, he attended Queen’s University where he played five years of CIS hockey while earning an honours degree in History. Brock is currently a student at the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law, and will obtain his law degree in 2017.

Brock presently splits his time between Toronto, Ontario and Fredericton, New Brunswick.

William Kawam – Photo update in progress

William Kawam joined Orr Hockey Group in 2016. Based in the Chicago area and working closely with Mike Curran, Darren Orr, and Dan Marshall, William is responsible for scouting, recruiting, and advising Orr Hockey’s Midwest based clientele. Additionally, William is responsible for the analytical analysis of all Orr Hockey Group’s Clients.

Prior to joining Orr Hockey Group, William was an associate with the New York Rangers, working in their Hockey Operations Department. During that time, William worked directly with Glen Sather and Jim Schoenfeld, updating them on all NHL signings, transfers, and trades. Additionally, William performed analytical breakdowns on all Unrestricted Free Agents, as well as worked closely with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

William spent time in the BCHL, AJHL, and EJHL. Following his junior hockey career, William attended University of Louisville, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management.

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