TSC was founded by Edmonton lawyer Ritch Winter in the mid 1980s and has become a well-known sports agency, representing a number of NHL hockey players.

In April 2000, Evans came from Toronto to join TSC and quickly became registered as a sports agent. He left almost immediately for the Czech Republic to sign up a batch of recruits and had much success in the years to come.

But then came the NHL lockout in 2004. And the relationship between TSC and Evans began to crumble.

Following disputes about his salary during the lockout, Evans eventually left the company and ventured out on his own, taking several of his clients with him.

The fall-out between TSC and Evans involves a number of issues, but Evans claimed that he was owed salary which was deferred during the NHL lockout for the 2004-2005 season, as well as pay for the last few days of his employment.

He also claimed that he was owed a bonus payment of $4,750 US relating to the recruitment of Radim Vrbata as a client of TSC, along with another $3,100 in bonuses for Petr Taticek and Petr Sykora.

Aside from acknowledging that bonuses for were indeed owned for Taticek and Sykora, TSC denied any other obligations and launched a counter-claim for damages from alleged breaches of the restrictive covenant or non-solicitation agreement Evans had in his employment contract.

In the end, Justice Graesser ruled Evans is entitled to $24,545.58, plus the Canadian dollar equivalent of $7,850 U.S.

But Graesser also ruled TSC is entitled to recover $3,929 U.S. relating to contracts negotiated by TSC for certain players, along with $188,467 U.S. in damages following Evan’s departure.

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