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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
He’s been voted the most powerful person in hockey by the Hockey News. He’s one of the few players whose name transcends the sport. His opinion matters, perhaps more than any player in hockey.
But when the NHLPA fired its executive director, Paul Kelly, on Monday, Sidney Crosby said he wasn’t consulted.
“I woke up the next day and saw the news like the rest,” Crosby told SportingNews.com.
That’s a huge lapse in judgment by the players on the executive board. It was a decision that happened in the middle of the night, so maybe they were sparing Crosby a 4:00 a.m. phone call.
• Instead of denying the claims of Paul Kelly and Glenn Healy, should the new regime of the NHLPA tell us what really was behind their decision to fire Paul Kelly?
• Why was Darren Dreger the only NHL media member in Chicago covering the NHLPA? Did the Chicago media even know what was going on?
• “Invited to camp” may be in store for numerous NHL players who still do not have a contract for the upcoming season.
• Without the numerous hockey bloggers who continued to work during the summer, this period of downtime would have gone by much slower.
from the CP via TSN,
Former NHLPA boss Paul Kelly has denied an allegation that he misused his office by reading a transcript of a private players’ meeting.
“I cannot stand by and allow this false and misleading attack on my character and reputation,” Kelly said in a statement released Thursday. “I spent almost 10 years as a federal prosecutor, prosecuting numerous cases pertaining to fraud and dishonesty, including one involving a former NHLPA executive director. My personal ethics and reputation are beyond reproach.
What credible candidate can the NHLPA possibly recruit to come in and work in an office with the toxicity level of a night-time soap opera? It’s almost as if Melrose Place were back on the air.
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail. More from Eric…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Healy, a former NHL goaltender and broadcast analyst who joined the NHLPA under Kelly 14 months ago, was especially critical of an internal office review that he said attacked his credibility.
The woman who conducted the review, Anne Marie Turnbull, accused Healy of misleading players regarding the role of former superstars Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux in previous union matters, Healy said.
“I would never and have not misled or told any untruths to any player. I can not [sic] sit back and continue to perform my duties when my Players’ Association co-workers unjustifiably impugn my credibility in front of the players I represent and fire shots against Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, two of the greatest players in the game, who have benefited every player in this Players’ Association,” Healy wrote in a letter to the members of the NHLPA executive board, which was obtained by ESPN.com.
added 3:25pm, Also check out Scott’s report on all things NHLPA. A fascinating read I must say.
“That was the biggest scam job, execution, that I’ve ever seen in my life.”
This was how Hockey Hall of Famer and former NHLPA builder Ted Lindsay described the evalution and subsequent firing of former NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly in an interview Thursday with TSN’s Darren Dreger and Bill Watters on AM 640 Toronto Radio.
Lindsay was in Chicago last week for union meetings that resulted in Kelly’s dismissal and, though he sat in on few of the discussions, said he was dismayed by what he did see.
“I was thinking, boy, this is really a cruxifiction of Paul Kelly that’s going on.”
added 2:33pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has more from Ted.
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN Glenn Healy has resigned as director of player affairs for the NHLPA.
Healy informed interim executive director, Ian Penny of his decision this afternoon.
Healy was tightly linked to Paul Kelly who was fired early Monday morning during PA executive board meetings.
Details to follow…
At its best, hockey is speed and skill and intense rivalry where you can barely sit in your seat if you’re in the arena or dare to sneak to the bathroom when you’re at home watching on TV.
You dare not miss a thing.
At its worst, hockey is played by lawyers in backrooms far away from the ice bickering about salary caps and entry-level compensation or, horror of horrors, restricted free-agency regulations.
There’s way too much talk about the NHLPA in the news these days. Sadly, that spells stormy weather on hockey’s horizon.
-Scott Russell of CBC Sports. More from Scott…
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Some details began to leak out yesterday, including charges that Kelly peeked at a confidential transcript from a private session at the NHLPA summer meetings in Las Vegas two months ago.
The players were burned by the previous executive director Ted Saskin, who was fired after allegations that he monitored players’ e-mails for personal gain. So after learning about Kelly’s actions, mixed in with other concerns, they felt they could no longer trust him after he read the minutes of the private session.
When an executive board member was contacted yesterday to confirm the private session was part of the reason for Kelly’s dismissal, the phone line went silent. He then said, “The players have agreed not to say anything.” The player was given a chance to refute the story and did not deny the allegations.
Paul Kelly will be joining Leafs Lunch on am640 today around 12:40pm ET. Listen here...
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