AGENT | FAMILY ADVISOR
PHPA Agent Program Member
Founding member of PROPULSION, Nicola played close to a decade of professional hockey. Based on a tremendous work ethic and an unwavering determination, he enjoyed a career filled with great accomplishments and experiences. In 2005, Nicola was drafted in the 1st round of the QMJHL Entry Draft by the Moncton Wildcats. Over the years, he became an elite goaltender in the Q and a leader with the Wildcats leading them to the 2010 QMJHL Championship.
Nick was recognized as the QMJHL MVP for the 2008-2009 season and is the last goaltender to have won this award since 2000. He also still holds the regular season record for save percentage (.931) and goals against average (2.01).
His junior success lead him to be drafted in the 5th round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. It is with this same organization that Nicola signed his first professional contract. Over the course of his career, Nick was also a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization and attended NHL training camps with the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Islanders, as well as having played in Europe.
Nicola is responsible for player development and actively participates in the contract negotiation process. With over 300 games played in North America and Europe, his vast experience and knowledge of the environment make him a person of choice to mentor our clients.
VICE PRESIDENT | LAWYER
AGENT | FAMILY ADVISOR
Me Etienne Lafleur completed his law studies at the Université de Montréal and was called to the Québec Bar in 2010 after completing his internship for a pan-Canadian union.
Me Lafleur pratiques primarily in labor law, civil law and administrative law. As such, he is called upon to represent different clienteles in labor law courts as well as in ordinary courts.
In addition to his traditional practice, Me Lafleur is a founding member of PROPULSION, agence sportive. In this capacity, he acts as a managing partner and advisor to clients and their respective families. He ensures that the athlete’s full potential is achieved through the implementation of individual development strategies dedicated to the achievement of his career goals. With his expertise in labor relations, Me Lafleur is able to conduct negotiations leading to the signing of contractual agreements.
ADVISOR | EUROPE
Member of the PROPULSION team, Benoit brings 34 years of European experience, including 10 as a player and 24 as a coach.
Benoit’s hockey path started at the 1976 QMJHL draft where he was selected in the first round by the Gatineau Olympiques, formerly the Hull Olympiques. After a successful junior career, he began his professional journey within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.
At the end of the 1984 season, after playing in North America, notably in the AHL (American Hockey League), Benoit moved to Europe to pursue his career. He will play in France, first as a player and then as a coach, not without having had the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Games twice and in 7 Group A World Championships, all under the French colors.
This second career led him to coach in the best European leagues, notably in Switzerland (LNA and LNB) and Germany (DEL). These many years spent on the Old Continent have allowed him to create valuable links, which will benefit the players of our agency who wish to pursue their career on the other side of the Atlantic.
Passing the last few miles of his Bachelor of Business Administration, David joined PROPULSION when he ended his career as a professional hockey player in the fall of 2016. He plays the role of advisor to players while actively participating in the contract negotiation process. With more than 10 years of experience in the professional hockey field, he has an excellent knowledge of the hockey community, having himself participated in seasons in multiple leagues, both in North America and Europe.
David was drafted in the 4th round by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2004, with whom he reached his ultimate goal to play in the NHL in the season 2009-2010. This experience was defining for the rest of his career, being the result of his determination and his desire of performance. His baggage represents an important asset for clients of the agency eager like him, to reach the highest peaks. Since the beginning of his career, he has been cultivating a wide network of contacts, which remains an essential asset for the agency’s clients.
I’ve known Patrick since his days as the Sports Manager of a very successful organization in Norway. He’s a well known figure in European hockey and I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for his work and for the passion that he has shown in doing it. Patrick also has serious recruiting skills which is why he was able to build championship teams.
Our new collaboration with Divent AS will allow a greater visibility for our players on the European market that we hope will lead to new opportunities.
On the other hand, we strongly believes that our collaboration will facilitate the transition for Norwegian and European prospects who wants to play in North America.” – Nick Riopel (PROPULSION – President & Agent)
One of the main reason why we wanted to associate with PROPULSION was because of the reputation that they built within the hockey industry. The way they are treating their clients is all about honesty and we, at Divent, are sharing the same values.” – Patrick Gandolfi Hellman (Divent AS – CEO & Agent)