Pat Brisson negotiates a split path
June, 12, 2014
By Craig Custance | ESPN Insider
Dave Sandford/Getty ImagesPat Brisson has some of the hottest clients in the NHL, but he could be a target himself.LOS ANGELES -- Out one giant window of agent Pat Brisson’s eighth-story office at the CAA headquarters in Century City, California you can see the ocean on the horizon. Out another, through the haze, is the skyline of downtown Los Angeles.
It’s a stunning view.
Surrounding Brisson's desk is a hockey fan’s dream collection of autographed memorabilia. Behind him hangs a large picture of Anze Kopitar kissing the Stanley Cup. The walls are packed with framed and autographed jerseys of player such as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, John Tavares, Matt Duchene and, of course, Sidney Crosby.
Across the room is a large, beautifully matted, framed overhead photo of Crosby, his shadow casting on the ice.
It’s personalized, like all of them.
“To Pat!” Crosby wrote. “All the Best. Your Friend, Sidney Crosby.”
It’s fun -- you could spend an afternoon doing nothing but browsing the office like a museum. A picture of Bill Clinton with Brisson. Chairs from the Montreal Forum. A plaque of an old newspaper story from Brisson’s hockey playing days. Even a small LeBron James statue that James once picked up, inspected and complimented during a visit.
Brisson sits down at his desk, after sharing the story behind a few of the items, proudly showing a picture of his sons. He looks around the room for a moment.
“Hard to leave,” he said.
This is a few days before Jim Rutherford would be announced as the new GM of the Penguins and there was still an undercurrent of speculation in the hockey world that Brisson might end up with the job. He shot it down immediately that day.
“It’s dead,” he said of the possibility of him joining his top client Crosby in Pittsburgh. Brisson is remaining an agent, although everyone you talk to still expects him to one day run a team