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Ex-NHL agent Baizley remembered fondly at MTS Centre ceremony

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Ulf Nilsson (left), Ab McDonald and Bobby Hull (right) arrive at the funeral for Don Baizley at the MTS Centre Wednesday.

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Ulf Nilsson (left), Ab McDonald and Bobby Hull (right) arrive at the funeral for Don Baizley at the MTS Centre Wednesday. Photo Store

Don Baizley was remembered by the international hockey community and fellow Winnipeggers Wednesday afternoon.

The 2,000 people who attended the ceremony for the legendary hockey agent at the MTS Centre included a who’s who of the hockey world, including former Winnipeg Jets Anders Hedberg, Ulf Nilsson, Bobby Hull, Thomas Steen, Teppo Numminen, and Teemu Selanne, current Jet Tobias Enstrom as well as Stanley Cup winners such as Jari Kurri, Theo Fleury and Mike Keane.

Speaker after speaker told tales of Baizley’s impeccable integrity, his reluctance to be anywhere near the limelight and how he was simply a good person who made the people around him better.

Hedberg, who visited "Baiz" a number of times in the past few months, said he considered him to be his big brother, a mentor and an advisor, but not his agent.

"He always said, ‘you love people and you use things. Don’t ever get that backwards,' " he said.

Baizley, 71, died two weeks ago after a 14-month battle with non-smoker’s lung cancer.

geoff.kirbyson@freepress.mb.ca

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