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Memorable Manitobans: Donald George “Don” Baizley (1941-2013)

Lawyer, sports agent.

Born at Kenora, Ontario in 1941, he was raised at Winnipeg where he attended Churchill High School. He later received a law degree from the University of Manitoba and worked with the firm of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman from 1964 to 1971, and from 1984 to his death. He gained prominence in the early 1970s when he became the agent for hockey stars Anders Hedberg, Ulf Nilsson, and Lars Erik Sjoberg with the WHA Winnipeg Jets. He went on to represent several other NHL stars, including Teemu Selanne, Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Paul Kariya, and Theoren Fleury, and was active in encouraging Swedish and Finnish hockey players to come to North America to play in the NHL. Despite offers to relocate to more lucrative positions in Toronto, he preferred to stay in Winnipeg. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1980, and served as President (1986-1987) and Life Bencher (1987-2013) of the Law Society of Manitoba. He was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. He died at Winnipeg on 27 June 2013.

Sources:

“His Scandinavian connection paid off” by Randy Turner, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 2013, page A6.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 August 2019

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