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A Search Begins For A New NHLPA Executive Director

TORONTO (April 29, 2022) – The National Hockey League Players' Association announced today that the Executive Board has voted in favour of forming a Search Committee to lead the NHLPA’s search for a successor to the Executive Director, Don Fehr. An Executive Board conference call was conducted Monday evening and voting concluded this evening at 8:15 p.m. ET. The Executive Board named the following seven players to the committee: Ian Cole (Carolina Hurricanes), Justin Faulk (St. Louis Blues), Sam Gagner (Detroit Red Wings), Zach Hyman (Edmonton Oilers), Kyle Okposo (Buffalo Sabres), Nate Schmidt (Winnipeg Jets) and Kevin Shattenkirk (Anaheim Ducks). Additional members may be added by the Executive Board up to and during the Executive Board meetings in July.

Fehr joined the NHLPA in December 2010, and he has been the Executive Director through two rounds of Collective Bargaining (2013 and 2020).

Statement from the Search Committee:

“The many players who have played in the NHL over the last eleven years greatly appreciate the significant accomplishments under the leadership of Don Fehr.  Don joined the NHLPA after a long and successful career as Executive Director of the MLBPA and quickly stabilized the union following a very difficult period.  He led the NHLPA through the owners’ 2012-13 lockout and negotiated a new CBA that created a defined benefit pension plan which will greatly benefit players for generations to come. Don played an important role in reviving the World Cup of Hockey in 2016. After Covid-19 forced the suspension of the 2019-20 season, Don led the bargaining that resulted in an extension of the CBA in July 2020 and allowed for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs to be played. We look forward to continuing to work with Don as we go through the succession process.”

Don Fehr will continue to lead the NHLPA as Executive Director throughout the search. The Search Committee will provide a progress report to the Executive Board at the summer meetings in Toronto on July 18-20.

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NHLPA Player Poll Results

TORONTO (April 27, 2022) – While hockey fans are enjoying an exciting finish to the regular season, the National Hockey League Players’ Association today has unveiled its 2021-22 NHLPA Player Poll results on NHLPA.com.

To view the full results, click here.

During the regular season, NHL players from each of the 32 clubs were once again anonymously surveyed by the NHLPA. A total of 566 players took part in the NHLPA Player Poll this season. The membership weighed in on 15 questions covering a variety of on- and off-ice hockey topics, including skills and player personalities.

The players were asked to pick the most complete player in today’s game; in separate questions, which skater and which goalie they would pick if they had to win one game; which player they least enjoy facing but would like to have on their team; the best hockey hair; the best NHL road city to spend an off day; the best women’s hockey player and more. 

Some highlights of the results include:

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Donald Fehr’s Days May Be Numbered

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

Donald Fehr’s time as head of the NHL Players’ Association could be coming to an end before next season.

That much seems more and more evident regardless of whether you’re talking to his detractors or his supporters.

Fehr’s critics were hoping the independent review of the PA’s response to Kyle Beach’s sexual assault would lead to his immediate downfall. Beach’s allegations against former Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich led to the team making major changes to its front office after its own investigation was conducted.

Instead, the NHLPA report released Friday by the law firm Cozen O’Connor attempts to clear Fehr, the executive director of the NHLPA, from any individual wrongdoing.

Although I would strongly argue, despite what the report says, that there absolutely was a systemic failure.

But the report may actually pave the way for Fehr now to produce a succession plan that will lead to new NHLPA leadership, which is something even his supporters very much want to see happen as soon as possible.

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Details Emerge From Yesterday’s NHLPA Meeting

from Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff,

The question and answer session with NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr was expected to be the main event. Agents wanted answers to tough questions about the Arizona Coyotes’ arena fiasco, projected revenues, the Kyle Beach investigation – and most importantly, the 73-year-old Fehr’s future at the helm.

One agent even purportedly went as far as sending a manifesto to Fehr and the NHLPA ahead of the meeting to advise them of questions he’d like answered.

Yet, Wednesday’s meeting was drama free.

Because the main event never happened.

According to agents in the room, Fehr never fielded questions, like he has after each of the meetings during his 11-year tenure – as each executive director did that came before him, too.

Agents were instead told that Fehr was unavailable for questions and the meeting was abruptly adjourned.

That was the latest in a series of signals indicating the significant pressure Fehr is facing, from multiple constituencies now, to get moving on an exit strategy.

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NHLPA And Player Agents Met Today

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Quick blog for a Wednesday night:

Last week was the first in-person GM meeting in two years; Wednesday in Toronto, the NHLPA had its first in-person meeting with agents in three. Don’t think there was anything incredibly groundbreaking, but among the topics executive director Donald Fehr was asked by media:

• He wouldn’t reveal anything about a succession plan, saying that is only to be discussed with the players. Fehr will be 74 in July, when a summer meeting is scheduled. There’s expectation he will present something at that time, but nothing concrete (although, again, he would not discuss it with us). While there is no formal “end” to Fehr’s contract, the Executive Board, comprised of the 32 team player representatives, can vote to change leadership. We’ll see where things go over the next few months....

• He’s confident the players will be protected against any revenue losses from the Coyotes’ move to Arizona State’s 5,000-seat arena, saying the NHLPA is in discussions with the NHL about that. The CBA limits what the union can do about the move, but there are agents/staff who have made it clear they wish much harder pushback on this issue.

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The NHL/NHLPA Celebrate International Women’s Day

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 8, 2022) – The NHL and NHLPA are celebrating International Women’s Day and Gender Equality Month this March by sharing stories of women who move the game forward for the next generation.

Across the NHL and its 32 Clubs, there are nearly 100 women in Hockey Operations, player development, and player health and safety roles. This esteemed group of women are scouts, player and skating development coaches, data scientists and analysts, dieticians and nutritionists, doctors and physicians. This month, the League will provide a behind-the-scenes look at three women – Blake BoldenMeghan Duggan, and Brigette Lacquette – who have transitioned their illustrious on-ice careers to valued hockey operations roles in the NHL.

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Welcome TikTok

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Feb. 23, 2022) – Today, the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and TikTok announced a new partnership to deliver original content and unique experiences to TikTok’s global community. The partnership will come to life in several ways, including in-ice branding and the introduction of the TikTok Tailgate Stage at two upcoming marquee outdoor NHL events – the 2022 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series™ on Feb. 26 in Nashville, Tenn. and the 2022 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ on March 13 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - featuring performances by some of the TikTok community’s favorite artists.

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Updated COVID Protocol

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Jan. 18, 2022) – Following a meeting of their respective medical groups last week, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today the following updates to their COVID Protocol:

Five-Day Isolation Period: The isolation period Protocol update issued Dec. 29 appears to be functioning well in its current form. A significant portion of Players appear to be exiting isolation after five days, with a lab-based PCR test that has a CT value >30.

Testing Protocol: The plan is to continue the current testing Protocol through Feb. 3. Provided positive test results continue to decline within the NHL, and pending review and agreement by Jan. 31 by the NHL’s and NHLPA’s medical experts, the Protocol will be updated as follows:

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Relaxing The Covid Testing

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The Modified Covid Protocol

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Dec. 29, 2021) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today a modification to their COVID-19 Protocol. The modification will reduce the isolation period after a positive test from 10 days to five days for fully vaccinated Players who meet the required conditions. It also applies to fully vaccinated Hockey Operations staff, including coaches. The change was made in response to the new isolation guidelines for COVID-positive individuals issued on Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the changes apply on a League-wide basis, all personnel will still have to comply with the applicable health and safety regulations in their jurisdictions, including the Federal and Provincial COVID health and safety mandates in Canada, which may be more restrictive than the Protocol.

Specifics of the changes to the Protocol after a positive test include:

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