Next year, fans of the bottom feeders of the NHL will be rooting for their teams to lose enough games to have a shot at John Tavares, the 17 year old star of the Ontario Hockey League. Much like a Crosby or Ovechkin, Tavares has the hype behind him to capture interest from local fans and the skills to keep them watching. However, one person he will not be bringing with him is Bryan Deasley. John Tavares has fired his agent and will be represented by his mother. Demonstrating that she is ready for the challenge, Mrs. Tavares told Toronto newspaper, The Star, “ I worked in a number of different departments in the banking system. I have pretty good experience in that area and when you run your own business, you do whatever’s necessary.”
I believe that it was a bad decision for Tavares to fire his agent and sign his mom. John, if you are reading this, you should hire me because not only have I worked in the banking system (well, I deposited money once so I guess that counts), but I can also act as a lifeguard if your mom lets you have a pool party, or give you extremely basic knowledge on criminal or constitutional law. No? Well, it was worth a shot. No word on if in addition to helping him prepare for the NHL and finding sponsorship, she will continue to cook dinners and make brownies for him. All the best to John and his mom, I’ve missed having a strong mothering presence at sporting events since Vince Carter and his mom went to New Jersey.