Turning Point Sports Management Team
Darcy Tucker, a native of Endiang, Alberta, played 947 regular season and 68 playoff games in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Colorado Avalanche. Tucker scored 215 goals and had 261 assists for 476 points in the NHL, along with 1,410 penalty minutes. Tucker was the epitome of an agitator in the NHL, a player players hated to play against but wished to have play on their team. Not a big man at 5’10” 180 pounds, Tucker played a big man game throughout his Major Junior Career and his professional career in the National Hockey League, delivering colossal hits, fighting anyone he had to despite his size or their size, and in the process antagonizing opposing teams while inspiring his own.
Tucker played on the legendary Kamloops Blazers teams of the 1990s and was captain of the team in the 1994-95 season. Darcy Tucker is one of four players in the 90 year history of Major Junior Ice Hockey to have won three Memorial Cups, the championship of Major Junior Ice Hockey in Canada. Those Memorial Cups were won in 1992 (in Seattle, Washington), 1994 (in Laval, P.Q.) and 1995 (in Kamloops, B.C.). Tucker was listed by the Kamloops Blazers in 1992 after Kamloops General Manager Bob Brown watched a videotape of him, never having seen Tucker play in a live game prior to that time. In 1995 Tucker also won a World Junior Championship Gold Medal while representing Canada, in the World Junior Championships in Calgary.
Darcy Tucker was drafted in the 6th Round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, 151st Overall. Always told he was too small and not fast enough, Tucker overcame these perceived obstacles and became a consummate professional ice hockey player who could play it any way you wanted – physical, skilled, defensive, offensive. In his first professional season in the American Hockey League he won the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Trophy and scored 93 points in 74 games. The following season he stuck with the Montreal Canadiens where he played for two seasons and then was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998. In 2000 he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for whom he played for nine seasons. In 2008 Tucker was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. Tucker had six twenty goal seasons in the National Hockey League including a career-high 28 goals in the 2005-2006 season playing in 74 games.
Tucker was an icon in the greater Toronto area during his nine seasons with the Maple Leafs, as he became a fan favorite for his energetic and physical play, and his ability to agitate at the highest level while still being a consistent and effective offensive contributor. Tucker has been active in local charities in Toronto, and has been an inspirational speaker for many major corporations in Canada, including IBM Canada. Tucker has had guest television appearances on two Canadian comedy programs, the Sean Cullen Show and Little Mosque on the Prairie.
Announcing his retirement from the National Hockey League on October 1, 2010, Darcy Tucker also revealed that he had joined forces with his agent of eighteen years (his entire career), Carlos Sosa and together they have formed a new sports representation business, Turning Point Sports Management LLC. This business shall be based out of Auburn, Washington, Denver, Colorado and Toronto, Ontario. In January of 2011, Darcy Tucker was certified and approved by the National Hockey League Players Association to act as a Certified NHLPA Agent. Tucker currently resides in the greater Toronto area where he resides with his wife Shannon and three children Owynn, Cole and Cain.
Carlos M. Sosa
Carlos M. Sosa graduated from Michigan State University in 1977 with a B.A. in History, cum laude. He graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1980, and has been licensed to practice law in the State of Washington since 1981. Focusing on civil litigation, Sosa is a tenacious advocate for his clients, whether they are involved in the courtroom or on the ice. The Sosa Law Firm, established in 1986 in Auburn, Washington is one of the most respected litigation firms in South King County. From 1982 until 1990 Carlos Sosa was the color commentator for the Seattle Breakers and later the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. Sosa along with play by play men Bob Kaser, Dennis Beyak and Dave Akerly pioneered broadcasts on radio and television in the Pacific Northwest for the Western Hockey League, broadcasting televised games on Prime Sports Northwest Television Network. Akerly and Sosa were the exclusive radio broadcasters for ice hockey on KING Radio in Seattle when Seattle hosted the Goodwill Games in 1990.
In 1990 Sosa left the broadcast booth to focus on a fledgling sports representation business through his legal practice, the Sosa Law Firm. Representing more than 175 players over the past 22 years and negotiating hundreds of contracts at the NHL, AHL, IHL, and CHL level, Sosa established a sports representation business combined as part of his busy law practice based on competence, integrity and client communication. Sosa has been an NHLPA Certified Player Agent since 1994 when all agents were required to be certified, and has been representing professional ice hockey players since 1989. Sosa has represented players in off-ice matters as well, such as business issues and immigration status scenarios. Sosa has been a member of the following committees of the Washington State Bar Association: Judicial Evaluation Committee, Court Rules and Procedures Committee, Diversity Committee, Fee Arbitration Panel and was specially appointed by Chief Justice Gerry Alexander of the Supreme Court of the State of Washington to the Time for Trial Task Force pertaining to the rights of defendants to have a speedy trial. Sosa is a Special Counsel and Legal Liaison for the Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Association, the governing body of minor hockey in the State of Washington.
On October 1, 2010 Carlos Sosa and his client of eighteen years Darcy Tucker who retired from the National Hockey League on the same date, formed a new professional athlete representation company called Turning Point Sports Management, LLC. The firm combines longtime legal and contract negotiation experience with longtime career experience as a player in the National Hockey League.
Sosa resides with his wife Shelly and their two sons Daniel and Domenic, in Puyallup, Washington.
Jay Walker originally from Byemoor, Alberta, is a Talent Advisor with Turning Point Sports Management. A long time figure in minor hockey circles in southern Alberta, Jay has a keen eye for young talent, especially those players who can be projected to play at the Major Junior level and potential for professional achievement.
Jay has eight years scouting experience, and has consulted in the past for several junior and major junior teams as to player prospects in Alberta. Jay is Turning Point’s Advisor for Western Canada, looking for talent across all levels of hockey in the region.
Jay also is the owner of several businesses in western Canada. Jay resides in Lethbridge Alberta with his wife Rena and his children Londyn and Cash.
Originally a product of Canada and B.C. Hockey, now a U.S. fixture, Rick Ellison brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise when it comes to hockey in the United States. As a former NCAA Division I Assistant Coach and player, Rick’s insight and perspective into U.S. hockey programs, players, development and opportunities is one of the finest and most thorough.
Rick has served in various roles in player development, recruitment, evaluation, program building, leadership and hockey management. Perspective focuses Rick’s extensive experience, both on and off-ice coaching and playing as an evaluator of talent, developer of gifts and sills and career advisor. The results have seen numerous NHL, Professional, Olympian, U.S. National Team, NCAA, Major Junior and Junior ‘A’ players pass through Rick’s guidance, coaching or programs over the years.
Over the past 20 years Rick has worked within the NCAA as a coach / recruiter and USA Hockey at the National level with the NDTP, Regional level in player identification and the State level in player development. Along with 14 years with USA Hockey as a Coach trainer in the Coach Education Program (CEP). Upon this, Rick has evaluated prospects for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Central Scouting, the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Rick is also the co-founder of High Performance Athletics that provides a training regime focused on hockey-centric dry-land training programs.
Dr. Eric Puttler
Dr. Eric Puttler is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Puttler provides exclusive medical advice and opinions to Turning Point Sports Management clients when there is a need for a second opinion or additional review of any pertinent medical data.
Dr. Puttler has been awarded the distinguished Harborview Fellowship and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army as part of the Medical Corps, and served a tour of duty in the Iraq conflict.
His subspecialties include:
- Periarticular fractures
- Fracture malunion and nonunion
- Arthroscopic reconstruction of the shoulder and knee
- Sports medicine
Dr. Puttler’s education and professional experience:
- Medical Degree – Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 1994 – Bethesda, MD
- Orthopedic Surgery Training – Madigan Army Medical Center, 2001 – Fort Lewis, WA
- Fellowship Training – Orthopedic Traumatology, Harborview Medical Center, 2007 – Seattle, WA
- Board Certification – American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2003
- Professional Affiliations:
- Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
- Orthopedic Trauma Association
- Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons
Dr. Putler resides with his wife Dawn and their three daughters in Puyallup, Washington.
James Gray is a consultant to Turning Point Sports Management bringing over 20 years of marketing and information technology expertise to the company. His company, Graymatter LLC, helps businesses go digital using digital marketing, analytics and information technology to realize value. Gray graduated from Union College in 1986 with a B.S. with honors in Electrical Engineering. He also holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Gray is also studying predictive analytics at Northwestern University. Gray resides with his wife Mary Catherine and their five children in the Seattle area.