Minnesota Wild star Dany Heatley is suing his ex-agent and other former representatives for $11-million dollars.
It was a very sad day when it was reported that Heatley was involved in a fatal car crash in 2003.
Heatley was behind the wheel of his Ferrari and his Atlanta Thrashers teammate, Dan Snyder, was in the passenger seat. Heatley lost control of the sports car and crashed into a brick wall. Heatley awoke handcuffed to his hospital bed with various injuries. Snyder was placed in an induced a coma. He would not come out of the coma.
Heatley pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide and received probation. He requested a trade to the Ottawa Senators. He would sign a contact extension with Ottawa and then ask to be traded again. This time to the San Jose Sharks, then the Minnesota Wild.
Heatley’s pain, remorse, and sadness were clear during these times. In court documents, Heatley cited, Stacey McAlpine, his business adviser as being the person who got him through these painful days.
Stacey provided [Heatley] with considerable emotional support and advice during his recuperation from a tragic automobile accident in Atlanta, Georgia,” the lawsuit notes. “During this period their friendship flourished, particularly [Heatley’s] reliance and trust in Stacey.
Today, it’s a different story. Heatley has filed an $11 million dollar lawsuit in an Alberta court.
Heatley, a left winger with the Minnesota Wild, alleges that his former agent and business adviser, Stacey McAlpine, as well as McAlpine’s parents, Gerald and Eugenia, lured him into several real-estate ventures across Canada and the United States with promises of huge returns that never materialized. The lawsuit, filed last week in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary, also alleges that Heatley’s former agent dipped into his bank accounts and made unauthorized withdrawals of more than $4-million.
The 20-page statement of claim alleges conspiracy, oppression, breach of fiduciary obligation and unjust enrichment by the McAlpine family, which Heatley accuses of using multiple corporate entities “as a sham, cloak or alter ego, in order to shield themselves from personal liability.”
The defendant companies named in court documents are Presidential Suites Inc., Waterfront Development Inc., McAlpine Sports Management Inc. and NSEM Management Inc. They are no longer operating in Calgary. Attempts to reach the principals – the McAlpine family, who now reside in Winnipeg and Kenora, Ont. – were unsuccessful. Stacey McAlpine is no longer on the list of certified agents with the National Hockey League Players’ Association.