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March 2021

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COVID Shutdown Anniversary

For a culture that is accustomed to playing through pain and persevering through distractions, the coronavirus began merely as background noise. After a year of shutdowns, false starts, postponements, bubbles, games without spectators and quarantines, we know better. Click the link below to revisit the last year and its unforgettable impact on professional sports.

From Game On To Lights Out

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Showbound Podcast & GAVIN

Last month, GAVIN began a partnership with two young “podcasters” and the creators of Canada’s third largest hockey podcast, Showbound. On their weekly interview, guests will reveal how they rewarded themselves after achieving a life-long dream of signing an NHL contract. Click the link below for a recent clip with Edmonton Oilers’ prospect, Ryan McLeod, or alternatively, check out...

Last month, GAVIN began a partnership with two young “podcasters” and the creators of Canada’s third largest hockey podcast, Showbound. On their weekly interview, guests will reveal how they rewarded themselves after achieving a life-long dream of signing an NHL contract. Click the link below for a recent clip with Edmonton Oilers’ prospect, Ryan McLeod, or alternatively, check out a full list of episodes on Apple Podcast.

Show More + Ryan McLeod's Signing Bonus

Player Spotlight

Casey Cizikas, New York Islanders

This month’s player spotlight is on Toronto, Ontario native, Casey Cizikas. While playing for the OHL’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, Casey headed into the 2009 NHL Entry Draft as a hopeful young prospect. It wasn’t until the ninety-second pick that the energetic forward was selected by the New York Islanders. Since entering the NHL in 2011, Casey has amassed nearly...

This month’s player spotlight is on Toronto, Ontario native, Casey Cizikas. While playing for the OHL’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, Casey headed into the 2009 NHL Entry Draft as a hopeful young prospect. It wasn’t until the ninety-second pick that the energetic forward was selected by the New York Islanders. Since entering the NHL in 2011, Casey has amassed nearly 600 NHL games, spending the entire time on the Island. This season, the Islanders sit second in the MassMutual East division as they hope to make a lengthy playoff run this spring. Check out the video below as Casey puts in a impressive bid for the 2020-21 goal of the year.

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February 2021

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Wealth Management For Athletes

Last month, Matt joined Dantes Outlook, a podcast focused on global market investment strategies and opportunities. Matt discussed his background and investment process, including the unique approach that GAVIN takes when managing the wealth of NHL hockey players. Click below to hear the entire podcast.

Dantes Outlook Podcast

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Highest Paid Athletes of 2020

While far from missing any meals, the top paydays in sports dropped in 2020, as the world of professional sports was not able to avoid the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Several sports saw significant losses in games played, and the earning ability of those athletes followed suit. Click below to see the complete list.

The 30 Highest-Paid Athletes

Player Spotlight

Willie O’Ree, NHL Alumni

To commemorate Black History Month, Willie O’Ree is in the player spotlight for this issue. The Fredericton, New Brunswick winger is best known for breaking the black color barrier in the sport of hockey in 1958. Following his stint in the NHL, Willie went on to play over 20 seasons of professional hockey, officially retiring in 1979. Since leaving the game as a player, Willie has ...

To commemorate Black History Month, Willie O’Ree is in the player spotlight for this issue. The Fredericton, New Brunswick winger is best known for breaking the black color barrier in the sport of hockey in 1958. Following his stint in the NHL, Willie went on to play over 20 seasons of professional hockey, officially retiring in 1979. Since leaving the game as a player, Willie has been involved in hockey as an ambassador of diversity and inclusion. The courageous trailblazer has been recognized with countless awards and inductions, most notably to the Hockey Hall of Fame and receiving the Order of Canada. Click the link below to learn more about Willie’s story and his recent award-winning documentary.

Show More + Willie O'Ree Documentary (Trailer)

January 2021

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AHL Players “Begging” For Help

The start of the AHL season is one week away. However, with an enormous uncertainty on salary structure, there is speculation that the puck drop may be delayed. Click the link below to read how the pandemic, the shortened season and minor league economics are impacting players’ paycheques.

Dire Financial Situation For AHLers

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Athletes Suck At Gambling

Earlier this month, news broke that Sharks’ forward, Evander Kane had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. At the heart of this story was a list of gambling debts that Kane had amassed. Click the link below to read why the qualities that make someone excel in sport are the same ones that make them terrible at gambling.

Is there anything to learn from EK9's bankruptcy?

Player Spotlight

Mark Jankowski, Pittsburgh Penguins

This month’s player spotlight is on Hamilton, Ontario native, Mark Jankowski. In 2012, Mark was selected 21st overall by the Calgary Flames, the highest selected Canadian high school player in NHL draft history. Later that year, Mark joined to the Providence Friars, becoming one of the youngest players in the NCAA that season. At the completion of his NCAA eligibility, Mark m...

This month’s player spotlight is on Hamilton, Ontario native, Mark Jankowski. In 2012, Mark was selected 21st overall by the Calgary Flames, the highest selected Canadian high school player in NHL draft history. Later that year, Mark joined to the Providence Friars, becoming one of the youngest players in the NCAA that season. At the completion of his NCAA eligibility, Mark made his NHL debut in 2016 with the Flames, going on to play over 200 games with the franchise. Now in his fifth professional season, Mark and his new teammates in Pittsburgh look to emerge in the ultra-competitive East Division.

Show More + Janko Scores the First NHL Goal of the Season
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