We are looking back to a more than three decades lasting experience in cooperating with and consulting of ice hockey players in Germany and abroad. Since our foundation in 1988, we closely work together with the Canadian agency Maloney & Thompson Sports Management to offer to our players as well international options. At least two times per season our partners from North America visit the jointly managed players in their professional or youth leagues in Germany (U17, U20, DEL2 and DEL) and Europe. Based on our over the years grown network, we support our clients in planning, promoting and assuring their carriers. Additionally we help them as well in other parts of their lives. If needed, we provide experts of ice hockey development, specifically educated lawyers and tax experts or insurance brokers. Our focus is always on the individual. Many successful ice hockey players and their sons-we are managing now - confirm this!
After his ice hockey carrier in the former German Bundesliga (at EV Landshut, Mannheimer ERC and Schwenninger ERC) , Sana Hassan worked for eleven years as sports manager for the Schwenninger ERC, before in 1988 he founded the first agency for ice hockey players in Germany. Since then, he is working full-time as an agent and consultant. Due to many years of experience as player, manager and advisor, Sana can fall back to a well establish network he built during his close cooperation with national and nternational partners. From these personal contacts into the international ice hockey market, benefit all players of our agency.
While playing actively ice hockey, Michael completed in parallel an education as banker, bevor he joined the university studying communication, economics and media. After his active career, he worked 10 years for the Schwenninger ERC, thereof two years as youth coach and eight years in sports management. In the year 2000, he founded together with Sana Hassan the International Service Agency ISA. Since than he is responsible for recruiting young talents and managing junior players as well as professionals on national and international level. With as well 30 years of experience Michael has an extensive knowledge in all areas of the ice hockey business and a wide network, not only in Germany but as well in the international ice hockey world.
The ISA has a long - time experience in ice hockey management. Today the sons of successful ice hockey playersrely on us: Tom Kühnhackl, Mathias Plachta, Sebastian Uvira, Yannik Valenti, Björn Krupp and Thomas Dolak have been or are managed by ISA.
All our employees have a long - time experience in professional sports. They know the different shapes of this business, as player or trainer, as well as in sport-related, administrative and management areas. They know what is necessary to bring a player’s career to success. Therefore, we are using a holistic and professional approach – from scouting and development to contract negotiations.
A direct contact with our players is important for each single employee. Because of their sportive and social competencies, they can understand the players very well and give them professional support. The success of a player is their success.
The ISA use an own talent scout who observes and manages young players. To find talented
players in an early stage, Sebastiano Lo Castro is continuously looking for ambitious young talents.
The ISA cooperates with a free insurance broker, who always evaluates the best insurances in the market. From consulting and brokerage to claim processing, Mark Reimer is a competent partner, who elaborates together with our clients comprehensive and individual insurance solutions – independent whether property insurance (liability, legal protection, or household insurance), health and accident insurance or private retirement plans. If requested, he as well advises in special investment options and financial issues.
The ISA consults ice hockey players in all questions around their career planning. We manage young talents as well as already established professional players in all stages of their sportive career. We take care of different aspects of the complex job as aprofessional ice hockey player and enable so our clients to just concentrate on their sportive performance. We focus on the individual needs of our players. Before negotiating a contract, there is always a player’s development. Several times per year, our employees visit our youth and professional payers and assure this way a continuous and mutual communication with them and their team responsible. We do not pat some body on the back – the success of a player is our mission and we show him the right way to reach his target.
The ISA works closely together with international trainers, clubs, talent scouts and other decision makers of the ice hockey business. Because of our long - term market presence, we have best contacts and a worldwide network our players can fall back on.
We support ice hockey players in analyzing their skills and elaborate together with them optimized development strategies they need for reaching their targets. We observe the development steps of our professional and our youth players, give regular feedback and talk to their parents and trainers.
Germany, Europe, North America – due to our close cooperation with Maloney & Thompson Sport Management we manage and support ice hockey players worldwide.
We maintain regular contact with our players and the decision makers of all clubs. Our players can rely on us that we work and talk to EVERY participant in the ice hockey market. Our goal is always to maximize a particular contract package.
The continuous development as well as a structured consulting and systematical career progression are key factors for a personal success of an ice hockey player. We support young talents by offering them an annual participation in training camps in Romanshorn (CH) and Toronto (CAN) to improve their skills as best as possible. We would like to make our players better.
Every individual has different interests, abilities and needs. We aim to become a trustful partner of our players when regular talking and consulting them. One of our employees is always available for them if needed!
"Since I was 16 I have been advised by Sana Hassan and Roly Thompson. During my whole career, they led me through the ice hockey business and also accompanied mein other life situations. My inquiries and problems were handled immediately and were always successfully solved. Even today, I trust the advice of my agents. I can only recommend this organization"
"Sana Hassan, Michael Bühler and Andrew Maloney are absolutely trustworthy and 100% reliable. They always have an open ear and take excellent care of me."
"Many thanks to ISA and Maloney & Thompson Sports Management. The agency helped me a lot to proceed my ice hockey career. They are always available, courteous and helpful"
"On my way fulfilling my life's dream of being one of the top ice hockey players, I found in ISA and Maloney & Thompson a strong and competent partner who supports me in all matters, listens to me when I need it and supports me in word and deed"
"With ISA (Michael Bühler and Sana Hassan) and Maloney & Thompson I have a partner by my side who brought me in a very short time considerably closer to my goal being a professional ice hockey player. The agency relieves me of problems that burden me unnecessarily and solves them in a way I never could. This gives me the freedom and nvironment to focus on my training and games."
Every year ISA is organizing a development camp where we invite several top trainers to work with our ice hockey players. This is one way, how we support them in reaching their goals.
Mike Ellis works as a skill coach at Toronto Maple Leaves (NHL) and additionally supports Maloney & Thompson Sports Management as development consultant. After a long-time career as a player, Mike worked as an ice hockey coach in Europe before he returned to Canada (Ontario).
In 1985 Calgary Flames (NHL) drafted Ragge Johansson. He played several years in the NHL, changed afterwards to the Swedish Hockey League and won in 1994 the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Lillehammer. He is focused on skill evelopment of defense players and works in this function together with JRM Skates & Skills in Stockholm (SWE).
Markus Oden is head coach of the Väsby IK HK and works since 2014 as well together with JRM Skates & Skills.
Because of his master in sports psychology at the University of Halmstad, he can offer to his players besides pure skill trainings as well training of mental techniques, which are more than useful for any professional player.