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Player Representatives


Daniel Milstein 

CEO, NHLPA Certified Player Agent

Phone: 734-717-8600     


With a passion for maximizing the potential and opportunity of others, Dan Milstein, Founder and CEO of Gold Star Sports Management, has leveraged his legendary negotiating expertise and global network of key advisors to yield millions in client contracts and high-visibility endorsements over the past 15 years. A trusted advisor in the fiercely competitive world of hockey, Dan's ability to build critical relationships with General Managers, coaches, trainers, agents, and scouting personnel is second to none.

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Keith McKittrick 
Executive Vice President
NHLPA Certified Player Agent
Phone: 978-907-2619

Keith McKittrick has all-encompassing experience at the NHL, NCAA, Major Junior, and IIHF levels that gives him a critical edge in identifying, cultivating and showcasing talent. A native of Boston, MA, Keith has a degree in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota. His past coaching experience includes 6 years as an Assistant Coach with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, 3 years as Director of Hockey Ops for Michigan State University, and time with the Minnesota Wild, the WHL's Portland Winterhawks and Team USA. 


Vlad Spektor
Vice President, Global Operations
NHLPA Certified Player Agent
Phone: 206-331-8833

A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Law, Economics & Public Policy, Vlad Spektor spent 3 seasons working in the hockey operations departments of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips. Spektor currently manages the operations of Gold Star Sports Management Group’s hockey division with a variety of responsibilities ranging from player identification and representation to servicing Gold Star Hockey's current and future NHL clients. At the age of 24, Spektor became one of the youngest NHLPA Certified Player Agents in NHLPA history.


Sviatoslav Kiselev

Director of European Hockey Operations, KHL Certified Player Agent

Phone: +375 29 653 47 96


Slava Kiselev has made enormous contributions to sports management over the course of his career, specializing in sports-centered PR, media management, and sports marketing. Slava has served as General Manager of the Belarus Ice Hockey Federation and a consultant for Team Canada and Team Switzerland, along with directing the Pavel Datsyuk Hockey School in Russia.  His multilingual fluency in Russian, English, German and French allows him to efficiently communicate with a diverse group of clients and team personnel.


Jimmy Howard
Director of Player Development

A graduate and former player at USA National Development Team Program and the University of Maine, Howard had an impressive NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings. Drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2003 NHL Draft Howard played in 543 NHL Games for the Red Wings from 2005-2020. Jimmy has been recognized at the top of his peer group his entire playing career, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from a playing background to Gold Star Hockey's NHL Clients and Prospects. Some of Jimmy's most notable recognitions include 4 time NHL All Star, NHL All-Rookie Team, Team USA Olympian, NCAA Goalie of the Year, NCAA All Star Team, NCAA Rookie of the Year. 


Martin Podlešák

Czech Republic, Player Agent

Phone: +420 774 52 26 26    


A CSLH registered player agent, Martin founded an agency in 2012 and is a strategic partner for Gold Star Hockey in the Czech Republic. Drafted 45th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2001, Martin played junior with the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes and went on to a pro career which included a championship title with HC Sparta Praha. Martin has guided over 30 young hockey players on to professional hockey, and helps identify talent in the Czech Republic, monitor client performance, and negotiate European contracts.


Patrick Bedell
VP, Athlete Licensing & Endorsements 
NHLPA Certified Player Agent

Phone: 516-761-5293           

Patrick Bedell is a determined and passionate NHLPA Certified Player Agent and attorney with extensive experience in sports, entertainment, marketing, and law. He worked in hockey operations in junior hockey prior to spending several years between two player agencies. In addition to representing and assisting Gold Star clients in pursuit of their professional aspirations, Patrick also manages endorsements and licensing for all Gold Star clients.


Andrej Augustin
Slovakia, Player Agent
Phone: +421 903 16 93 37

Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, Andrej is the Founder and CEO of AA Sports Management, which he established in 2007. A key global partner focused on identifying and supporting Slovakian talent, he has worked with over 50 national team players, many of whom have gone on to play professionally in North America or Europe. Andrej has a degree in business and marketing from the University of Economics in Bratislava, and first began working as a player agent in 2002.

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Clarence "Slava" Paller
Director of Partnerships and Athlete Relations
Phone: 647-833-6149

Clarence “Slava” Paller: Has worked with huge global brands and some of the biggest names in the sports world from the NHL, UFC, WBO, and the PGA, earning him a trusted and respected reputation globally. He is an NHL-published journalist who writes for the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA).

Hockey Operations

Roman Savin

Player Advisor (Russia)

Dmitry Alekseev
Player Advisor (Russia)

Yuri Krivokhija
Head Scout (Eastern USA)

Jouni Nurmi
Player Advisor (Finland)

Alexander Tyjnych

Player Advisor (Russia)

Joe Giannini
Client Manager (Toronto, ON)

Mike Djinovic-Barrett
Client Manager (Quebec, CA)

Roni Mesikämmen
Player Advisor (Finland)

Joe Stebbins
Sports Analyst (Ann Arbor, MI)

Player Development

Alexander Kot
Skills Coach (Toronto, ON)

Rodrigo Lavins

Director of Player Development (Europe)

Konstantin Lodnia

Skills Coach (Los Angeles, CA)

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