As the story slowly comes to light about last weeks' fall-out between the Washington Capitals and former team center Eric Belanger, one curious stone seems to have yet to be over turned. On Madison Avenue Sports and Entertainment's website Joe Tacopina, Belanger's agent, claims to have played professional hockey stating: "Joe played college hockey for the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds. He continued his hockey career after college at Springfield in the American Hockey League."
He doesn't show up on hockeydb's Springfield's AHL roster from 1988. Or for any other year for that matter. And the one player who is on that roster who should stand out, though, is Bruce Boudreau. I should think he could speak to the veracity of Taco's claims he played pro. Perhaps John Stevens could speak to it, too.
He's not listed on the Springfield Indians all-time players list on wikipedia. He's also not listed on the teams' 1990-91 Team Card set (Though it does have former Caps Terry Yake and James Black). Also, he's not listed as part of the 1989-90 Calder Cup champion winning team.
It appears (through rather deft googling) that Joe Tacopina has a bit of a fib on his resume. That's not to say that he wasn't offered a try out, or serve as the teams' waterboy or mascot- but as a lawyer, we should be able to take his words for fact, and not as some clever manipulation.
JOE TACOPINA: "KING OF THE COURTROOM" OR MEGLOMANIAC WITH HIS OWN MEDIA AGENDA BIGGER THAN SERVING THE INTERESTS OF HIS CLIENTS? Why would anyone be shocked that Tacopina made up that he was a professional hockey player? His college career exposes him as a penalty prone violent hack. So therefore that an examination of Joe Tacopina's public record difers greatly with the hype and PR behind his reputation makes sense. ATTORNEY TACOPINA should try to keep in mind that, first and foremost, a lawyer owes his client a duty of loyalty and confidentiality, above and beyond whatever interests said attorney has to be a 'Fame Whore' or 'Fame Monger' If you are a client, paying a fame whore by the hour, what are you to do when your attorney is obsessed with being on TV more than he is obsessed with vindicating you?