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TORONTO (October 23, 2009) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Executive Board has voted 25-5 passing a resolution to have Rob Blake, Chris Chelios, Nicklas Lidstrom and Mark Recchi form a committee to review NHLPA operations and submit its recommendations to the Executive Board of the NHLPA.
Rob, Chris, Nik and Mark will convene a conference call in the next few days to determine: the nature and extent of the review; the advisors who will be recommended to be retained to assist them; and the next steps to take.
There will be no further comment from the committee or NHLPA staff on these internal union matters until its work is complete and it has reported to the Executive Board and the players as required by the resolution establishing the committee.
Sources say the NHLPA has completed its vote and has passed the implementation of a four member review committee to investigate the unions internal operations.
Veterans Chris Chelios, Mark Recchi, Rob Blake and Nicklas Lidstrom will handle the review which is expected to include interviews with current PA employees, discussions with former PA executives Paul Kelly and Glenn Healy, plus the possibility of an extensive look at email correspondence over the past several months.
Sources say the final vote was 25-5 in favor of this review.
from Elliotte Friedman & Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
The number one reaction to the NHLPA’s 19-3 vote in favour of forming a players committee to review the entire organization has been disappointment.
This sentiment was expressed because most players and agents felt that the Chris Chelios-led conference on Sunday evening was an extremely important step in rebuilding the tattered union.
But eight player reps either did not partake in the call or did not vote, leaving Chelios one vote short of the necessary 20 and three shy of the 25 required for a quorum.
Under the new NHLPA constitution, players can still cast a vote up to 72 hours after the conference call.
The speculation is that Chelios will eventually get his desired result.
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Former NHL Players’ Association executive director Paul Kelly has commended the Association for the formation of a review committee to investigate the internal operations of the Union, but still believes there is more work to be done.
“I applaud the players for taking this initial, but important step. I welcome a complete review of what transpired at the NHLPA and the reasons behind it.” Kelly told TSN.
...not getting enough players on a call for a vote suggests there are still too many guys who can’t see beyond the end of their respective noses. This is a story that doesn’t resonate for many fans. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to resonate with enough players, either.
-Scott Burnside from ESPN writing about the NHLPA. Many more hockey notes from Scott…
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
According to several sources, Chris Chelios has a plan. The future Hall of Famer wants change and will propose an enormous one. Over the past few weeks, he has been reaching out to several highly respected former players, asking them to join a kind of “leadership council” that will run the union until a new executive director is found. It’s why Chelios has yet to report to the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves – he’s been working on this.
Among those contacted: Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin (both, apparently, have declined); Mike Richter (still considering); Brendan Shanahan (still might play or join an organization) and Trevor Linden (who has accepted). The most interesting thing about this move is that it involves Linden and, potentially, Shanahan.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Be it Tuesday or Sunday, depending on ongoing office politics at the NHL Players Association office in Toronto, the player representatives, including Mark Stuart as Boston’s new spokesman, are expected to hook up on a long conference call. Their aims are to figure out:
1. What to do with the PA’s existing leadership group (Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, and Groucho) in Toronto; 2. How to eliminate the many pitfalls in the language of the PA’s constitution; 3. How to go about finding a new executive director; 4. How fast to pay Paul Kelly, dumped some six week ago as union boss, the nearly $2 million he is due on his contract, before, as noted here from the start, it turns into a multimillion-dollar lawsuit. No one is laughing at these guys more, players and current union leaders included, than the folks at the NHL offices in New York and the club owners.
many more hockey notes…
from Lester Munson of ESPN,
David Feher, a nationally recognized sports labor law expert, is interested in helping the struggling NHL Players Association solve its problems….
“David Feher has a long history of player advocacy and would be just what the players need at this time,” said Paul Haagen, a professor at Duke and one of the nation’s leading authorities on sports and labor law.
“He is aggressive when it is necessary, and, more importantly, he can be calm and take a considered approach to the issues when it is necessary,” Haagen added. “With the brutal infighting that has gone on at this point, David will know how to end the warfare and to move into what works collectively for the players.”
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Even though they did not have voting privileges because they are not player reps for their teams, sources said both Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby were on the call for a period of time.
In other union news, Andrew Ference, a leader in the charge to fire Kelly, has effectively been ousted as the Boston Bruins player representative and will no longer be a member of the executive board. Ference has been replaced by Mark Recchi, who made it known to his teammates that he would contest Ference’s spot and run against him in a vote among the Bruin players. Patrice Bergeron was appointed alternate player rep.
Plus on AM 640 Toronto, Buzz Hargrove will bein studio on The Bill Watters Show at 5:40PM ET in response to Russ Conway’s accusations of Buzz accessing Paul Kelly’s emails.
You can listen here...
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
The National Hockey League Players’ Association conducted its fair share of business Sunday night, including an executive board vote in favour of negotiating a contract settlement with former executive director Paul Kelly.
That much is clear.
What’s open to debate is how the 30-member executive board voted on tearing up the five-year contract of legal counsel Ian Penny and firing ombudsman Buzz Hargrove and advisory board chairman Ron Pink. Sources have said the executive did precisely that only to learn the vote didn’t count since several players had dropped off the call because of its six-hour length. Others have said it was more a straw poll than an official vote.
The NHLPA’s constitution calls for 25 players to form a quorum and 20 votes to pass a motion. Sources said there were votes on the future of Penny, Hargrove and Pink but that the 25 and 20 numbers were not reached thereby rendering the process meaningless.
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