During one prep school tournament, Grossman was in the stands at Achilles to see a promising young player from Avon Old Farms who would become one of the successful hockey agent’s star clients.
Grossman, the president of Puck Agency, was on campus in May 2015 as part of the Alumni Speaker Series to share his experiences at Union and beyond.
Through mentors who included Roger Neilson, head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, and the legendary Rangers Coach Herb Brooks, who coached the 1980 Olympic gold medal team, Grossman found his way to a sports agency.
In his last two years at Union, he was working with a sports agency to scout young prospects including Leetch, Adam Oates, Joe Nieuwendyk and Eric Lindros.
Grossman, an attorney with a degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, said the industry has changed dramatically. In 1991-92, when he was starting out, the average NHL salary was $368,000. Today the average is about $2.6 million.
Grossman said he is grateful for his time at Union. “The real thing that Union gave me—in the liberal arts environment with a trimester calendar—was the opportunity to do so many things and learn to deal with people,” Grossman recalled in his talk.