How to Make Friends And Influence People: Pocklington-style

Jonathan Willis
August 15 2008 11:17AM

Peter Pocklington, Edmonton’s favourite member of the Oilers organization during its dynasty years, is in trouble again, and Dan Barnes was nice enough to tell the rest of us about it:

The 66-year-old, who now lives in Indian Wells, Calif., is involved in a messy dispute over a golf equipment company, Sonartec, which he purchased with three former business partners about a year ago. One of those former partners, Toru Kamatari, is suing Pocklington for breach of contract.

The saga took a sensational turn when a U.S. Marshall and "four or five other people" showed up at Pocklington's house "about two weeks ago," he said Thursday. One of the officers showed Pocklington an order from a Los Angeles judge allowing them to impound about 15 pieces of art, which they proceeded to do.

Pocklington is now claiming that the impounded art belonged to his wife, and is challenging the order in court today. Evidently, Mr Kamatari didn’t stop by Pocklington’s website, or he might have noticed a few of his novel business ideas:

  • When forced to compromise, ask for more!
  • If you can't beat them, join them…then beat them!
  • If you can't win, change the rules!
  • If you can't change the rules, ignore them!

Normally, I’d read an article like the one Barnes wrote and assume that there were any number of possible reasons for a business deal falling apart. But with Peter Pocklington, it isn’t overly necessary to try and spread the blame around, because the guy has qualities that are precisely the opposite of Teflon.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Jason
August 15 2008, 11:28AM
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Is that a pee puddle next to Pocklington? Is he now, finally, incontinent?

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#2 Wanye Gretz
August 15 2008, 11:40AM
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Reading the website from cover to cover (gee thanks Willis) my favorite line has to be this:

"(Pocklington owned) The Edmonton Oilers National Hockey League team that won five Stanley Cups with a roster led by Wayne Gretsky, the greatest hockey player of all time."

Misspell Gretzky's name on your website.

Classy http://www.peterpocklington.com/bb.html

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#3 Jonathan
August 15 2008, 11:48AM
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Reading the website from cover to cover (gee thanks Willis)

Fun, isn't it. He's such an easy man to hate.

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#4 Rick
August 15 2008, 12:47PM
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So the paintings are his wife's property huh?

I wonder what the chances are that his wife "owns" all of their personal assets?

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#5 gdk
August 15 2008, 01:51PM
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I might be wrong, but I stopped by earlier today and i could swear the caption over pocklington said "douche", now it says "classy". i kinda preferred douche.

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#6 Greg MC
August 15 2008, 02:22PM
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I would be happy if Mr. Cocklington was given a holiday at the US taxpayer's expense. He might meet some new friends and learn the true meaning of tossing the salad!

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