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. 

LEADERSHIP

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. 

RITCH WINTER

President,

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Carl Brewer, Gordie Howe, and Bobby Hull in recovering $50 million in pension monies that the NHL had unlawfully withdrawn from the players’ pension fund.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. 

780.906.0660

RITCH@RAZESPORTS.COM

FRED LITWINIUK

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.

403.540.3418

FRED@RAZESPORTS.COM

TODD LITWINIUK

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.

403.620.9078

TODD@RAZESPORTS.COM

NEVIN MARKWART

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.

 

306.570.8880

NEVIN@RAZESPORTS.COM

KRISTA KERTH

Marketing Director

Krista is our Marketing Director. 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.

403.835.3045

KRISTA@RAZESPORTS.COM

BREEYA ENGEL

Arbitration Advisor

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.

BREEYA@RAZESPORTS.COM