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The View From Up North: Two Lawyers Chase Their Hockey Passion

This is another in my series of columns about lawyers doing interesting things with their lives (other than practicing law).

Have you ever dreamed about running a professional sports franchise? I know I have. In fact, if the Buffalo Bills offered me their GM job today, I would cartwheel my way to One Bills Drive. Sadly, I can dream about it all day, but I ain’t getting that job in the real world.

Meet Ian Cooper and IJay Palansky, Canadian-born lawyers. IJay went to Harvard Law and practices in Washington, D.C. Ian graduated from the Wharton School of Business before attending University of Toronto Law. He has his own law firm in Toronto working mainly for tech and entertainment clients.

Pretty standard day jobs. But, we’re here for their after-hours stuff. As passionate hockey fans, Ian and IJay wanted to do something fun, challenging, and significant with hockey. To that end, they started a company called the Department of Hockey Analytics (the “DOHA”), along with a friend, Dr. Phil Curry, an economics professor.

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