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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Speaking of the NHLPA, the irony is just too rich. Former executive director Paul Kelly was dismissed in August by the NHLPA’s 30 player reps in large part due to a fishy staff review spearheaded by general counsel Ian Penny, who assumed Kelly’s role on an interim basis.
Now, those player reps have decided they need to get straight how all of this nastiness unfolded and formed a four-person committee that includes Chris Chelios, Rob Blake, Nicklas Lidstrom and Mark Recchi. Now, it’s Penny complaining about the “poisonous” atmosphere around the NHLPA offices.
In a memo to the league’s 30 player reps, Penny accused Chelios, a supporter of Kelly who tried to stop the middle-of-the-night vote to oust Kelly, of using union staffers to spy on other union officials.
Penny wrote: “This completely inappropriate conduct has created a hostile, fractured and distrustful work environment. It is the type of environment that exists in repressive, totalitarian regimes—not work places.”
read on & more topics included such as head shots, Toronto, Atlanta and Pat Quinn…
If you missed the Hot Stove on HNIC tonight, you can read about it at CBC or watch the video.
added 11:35pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN may have touched on subjects here that he did not mention in the Hotstove segment.
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.”
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