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The Maven on NHLPA Boss Donald Fehr

From good friend of the blog and mentor Stan Fischler, a.k.a. The Hockey Maven, at MSGNetwork.com:

The machinations of the NHL Players’ Association is important to every hockey fan who fears another work stoppage like the one that traumatized the game in 2004-2005.

That’s why Donald Fehr’s ascent to the union throne is downright scary.

For one thing, Fehr has absolutely no hockey background and that’s apparent already. For another, he’s as militant as his predecessor—and pal—Bob Goodenow, who forced the lockout in the first place. Had Goodenow prevailed—Trevor Linden, among other players stopped him—the work stoppage would have lasted a second year and who knows what would have happened to the NHL after that.

Determined to make an impression on his macho constituency, Fehr will employ the same our-way-or-no-way tactics as Goodenow.

Perhaps even more alarming is the manner in which Fehr inherited the job previously done so well by Paul Kelly.

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Nathan's avatar

This is as uneducated and senile a thing as Stan has ever written. And that’s saying something.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 03/18/11 at 06:21 PM ET


I really have to restrain from vomitting upon reading that anyone considers the Maven (aka Moron) to be their mentor.  Please take a look at Fischer’s opinion of Gretzky when you have a moment.  And anyone that really thinks that Paul Kelly and the phrase “job previously done so well” belong together can only be in the pocket of the NHL head office, daily licking the boots of one Mr.  Bettman. Of course, anyone whose journalistic credentials include writing for Dwayne Klessel’s dubious site (i.e. yourself) might just look at Stan Fischler as a mentor.  For further reading consider Fischler’s player ratings of Gretzky in which he gives him a 10 out of 10 for physical play at  


The Maven needs serious medication

Posted by MattinSurrey on 03/18/11 at 06:33 PM ET


To be fair to Fehr, he did manage to avoid a baseball strike that everyone said was inevitable.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 03/18/11 at 07:44 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Fischler hasn’t taken Fehr’s on-the-record comments about attempting to take a moderate approach AND wishing to avoid a lockout and/or strike and/or any other sort of disruption in the 2012-2013 season if at all possible, and instead, he’s fear-mongering. At least it’s something that Fischler does well.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/19/11 at 02:20 AM ET

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