Rich chats about finalizing Jamie Benn’s contract with the Dallas Stars (2012).
Richard E. Evans is the founder of Points West. Rich is a graduate of Queen’s University Law School and articled with an international law firm in Toronto, Ontario. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has been an NHLPA certified agent since 2000. In 1992, Rich began advising corporations such as Coca-Cola concerning their interests in sports properties, and in 1994 he became the Director of Legal & Business Affairs for the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA), representing the interests of over 1000 players in the AHL, IHL and ECHL. Rich’s roles at the PHPA included advising agents and players concerning contractual and collective bargaining issues, and in 2000 he began to represent players as an agent and family advisor. Since then, Rich has represented NHL players, as well as those playing major junior (WHL, OHL, QMJHL), NCAA, USHL, European professional hockey and those in the North American minor pro leagues (AHL, ECHL). Rich has negotiated contracts for NHL draft picks, unrestricted free agents and restricted free agents (both with and without salary arbitration rights). He strives to devote his time equally to the careers of all his clients. Rich has also taught Sports Law at an Ontario University.
Rich’s legal background and experience working for a players’ association has led to outstanding results for his numerous NHL clients in contract negotiation, salary arbitration and grievance arbitration matters. He resides in the hockey hotbed of Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and two children.