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Ex-NHL agent Baizley remembered fondly at MTS Centre ceremony

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This article was published 10/7/2013 (1503 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

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.

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.

Randy Carlyle, now coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was one of many former Winnipeg Jets players to attend Don Baizley's funeral at the MTS Centre Wednesday.

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Randy Carlyle, now coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was one of many former Winnipeg Jets players to attend Don Baizley's funeral at the MTS Centre Wednesday.

Teemu Selanne speaks with media at the funeral for Don Baizley at the MTS Centre Wednesday.

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Teemu Selanne speaks with media at the funeral for Don Baizley at the MTS Centre Wednesday.

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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