These are not good times for Stacey McAlpine.
The former NHL player representative — he’s no longer on the NHLPA list of certified agents — has been hit with a $7.5 million lawsuit from Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips over “alleged shoddy investments and unauthorized real estate deals,” according to the Globe and Mail.
If McAlpine and his *allegedly* shady business practices sound familiar, they should — they’re at the center of a similar lawsuit filed by Minnesota forward Dany Heatley.
Back in mid-August, Heatley filed an $11 million lawsuit against McAlpine and his parents, alleging they “lured him into several real-estate ventures across Canada and the United States with promises of huge returns that never materialized.”
The Phillips lawsuit sounds remarkably similar.
More, from The Globe:
Phillips’ amended 24-page statement of claim, which was filed in Ontario Superior Court in Ottawa this summer, alleges the McAlpine family used corporate entities Presidential Suites Inc., Waterfront Development Inc. and NSEM Management Inc. as a “sham, cloak or alter ego” in order to protect themselves from personal liability.
Phillips notes he gave the McAlpine family “greater discretion” over his money, but that he was “vulnerable” and trusted them because of their long relationship.
“Chris is angry and disappointed with the conduct of Stacey McAlpine,” said Peter Mantas, Phillips’ lawyer. “He trusted Mr. McAlpine. … He will vigorously pursue this litigation against Mr. McAlpine.”
The Globe caught up with McAlpine in Ontario, where he works as an attendant at, get this, the “Squeaky Clean Detail Shop” (the irony is so good, it has to be fattening.)
McAlpine didn’t offer much in the way of explanation, saying it wasn’t “appropriate or fair to comment at this time.” He did promise to clean the underside of the floormats, though.