MEET THE RAZE FAMILY
We’re unique in the level of care we have for every player we work with. That’s not something you can train or learn, it’s something you are. Every single member of our team genuinely cares. It’s not about making money, it’s about helping people.
We have ex-NHLers, Lawyers, Marketing experts, mentors, current players, business executives, financial professionals. Truly an amazing team of people that have a love and passion for the players of this game.
NHLPA Certified Agent
Ritch Winter is one of the most successful player agents in hockey. Ritch began his career after graduating from the University of Calgary law school, when he worked with sports and entertainment lawyer, Ted Steinberg, and advised clients such as Kareem Abdul Jabbar, John Elway, Dan Marino, and SCTV Alumni, Eugene Levy. Ritch ultimately started his own player agency, The Sports Corporation (TSC), and grew it from a single location in the basement of his condo back in 1985 to offices in Toronto, Winnipeg, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Sweden, and the Czech Republic. Ritch sold TSC in 2010 to start a new sports consulting and hockey agency.
Ritch has proven his commitment to hockey players time and time again. In 1989, he spearheaded the player movement that led to the conviction of then NHLPA Executive Director, Alan Eagleson, on counts of fraud and racketeering charges. One year later, Ritch assisted Carl Brewer, Gordie Howe, and Bobby Hull in recovering $50 million in pension monies that the NHL had unlawfully withdrawn from the players’ pension fund.
Ritch has represented over 300 NHL players from Canada, the United States, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, and Switzerland, and negotiated a number of precedent-setting NHL Contracts including that of Dominik Hasek (highest paid goaltender), Petr Sykora (a record, 389% pay increase at arbitration) and Ilya Bryzgalov (9 year, $51 million contract). Ritch, through his boutique agency, Raze Sports, is now focused on servicing a specific subset of players including Marian Hossa, Mark Giordano, and Tomas Tatar.
NHLPA Certified Agent
Todd Reynolds has been representing NHL players since 1996 when he founded Uptown Hockey. He has worked with past clients such as Mike Fisher, Keith Primeau and Chris Neil. In April 2022, Uptown Hockey was acquired by Raze Sports and Todd is thrilled to be a new member of the Raze family to elevate the lives of his current roster of clients that includes Zach Hyman, Tyler Bertuzzi, Eric Robinson, Sam Carrick, and many other NHL stars.
Todd graduated from Northeastern University where he played Div 1 college hockey for the Huskies. He enjoys collecting classic cars and anything motorsports related including Formula 1 racing. He is a regular participant, and occasional instructor, at the race circuit for lapping sessions in his Porsche GT4.
Todd is married with three beautiful children and currently resides in Paris, Ontario.
Chief Operating Officer
Fred is passionate about building a new kind of sports agency, where players are family for life, and success off the ice is just as important as success on the ice. Fred lives our core value of Caring by showing compassion and empathy for our team members and our players, while challenging them to do and be more than they ever believed was possible.
Fred obtained a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 1998 from Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales, in the United Kingdom. In May 2017, Fred graduated with distinction with a dual MBA from Cornell and Queen’s Universities.
Fred enjoys watching hockey, golfing, learning new languages, traveling, cooking, and reading nonfiction – especially business books. He is also an accomplished vocalist, songwriter, recording artist, and music producer.
Senior Vice President,
NHLPA Certified Agent
Todd is a native Calgarian and graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Political Science in 1991, and obtained his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Wales in 1994. He was called to the bar by the Law Society of Alberta in 1995, and has worked at Litco Law ever since. Todd has practiced law for 25 years and has since taken the role of CEO at the 45 year old firm. He’s the former president of the Entrepreneurs Organization of Calgary and mentor to many young entrepreneurs. He’s a member of the Raze Sports board and is a NHLPA certified agent. He’s a family man, musician, sports love, avid fitness participant, business conference junkie and world traveler. He also loves the world of bio-hacking.
Chief Financial Officer
Nevin Markwart, the former 1st Round selection of the Boston Bruins, who played nine seasons with the B’s, has extensive experience managing investment teams and financial products. He has served as the President and CEO of Calgary-based Canoe Financial, President and CEO of Toronto-based Front Street Capital, Head of Canadian Equities at Boston-based Fidelity Investments and Senior Equity Product Manager at Boston-based Wellington Management. Nevin has earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University and a Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity from Brown University. He is a member of a number of corporate Boards of Directors and is currently the Chief Information Security Officer at Toronto-based FutureVault Inc.
Vice President, Brand & Marketing
Krista is our Vice President of Brand and Marketing. She has 20 years of experience in marketing and began her career in advertising working with a leading global digital marketing agency. Later she gained marketing experience in real estate, health care and luxury consumer retail where she led a large marketing and eCommerce team. She is very passionate about coaching and leadership and believes she’s here to make an impact on other people’s lives. Krista is a champion of our core value Passion. She loves what she does and she especially loves the game of hockey. Krista grew up in a small community in Saskatchewan and spent all of her time in the rink supporting her brother. She now spends her free time in the rink with her son.
Rebecca began her career working alongside Ritch shortly after graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, in 2005. She now has over 16 years of experience helping make the lives of NHL players easier off the ice. Having serviced well over 100 players, Rebecca has experience working with the likes of Dominik Hasek, Mike Comrie, and Mark Giordano, to name but a few. By providing an elevated level of service, Rebecca enables our clients to focus on what they love… playing hockey. Rebecca is head of our Operations team working to ensure all of the intricacies of the agency are in place. Away from work, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Breeya completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Alberta in 2011 after completing three years toward a Bachelor of Arts Psychology degree. Upon admission to law school in 2008, she received the prestigious President’s Scholarship in Law recognizing superior academic achievement. Breeya has been with longstanding Calgary law firm, Litco Law, as a litigation lawyer for over 9 years with extensive experience including private mediations/arbitrations and Judicial Dispute Resolutions. Breeya is a fitness fanatic and loves running, barre, HITT and strength workouts and is a fitness instructor in her spare time. She loves to watch hockey, enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her family and her dog Lola.