Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/28/05 at 07:43 PM ET
Bob Goodenow is gone as hockey’s union boss and if that isn’t the best news of the month, it’s only because completion of the Collective Bargaining Agreement is better. Anyone who has read my columns for the past year of the National Hockey League labor strife knows my feelings about Goodenow and how his policies, in my estimation almost destroyed an institution dating back to 1917. More than once I’ve commented that Goodenow running the union--to my eyes--was the worst thing that ever happened to the NHL, give or take Alan Eagleson, his predecessor. It was Eagleson’s misdemeanors that landed him in jail, forcing the union to find a replacement. The players had a choice; they could have chosen a more moderate personality such as agent Steve Bartlett of Rochester, who would have made an excellent successor to The Eagle. But Goodenow--who had represented several name players--apparently sold the NHLPA on his tough-guy image and got the job. All I needed was one look at Goodenow in action for me to get the feeling that he was bad news for the league.
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