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NHLPA Statement On Relieving Paul Kelly Of His Duties

TORONTO/CHICAGO (August 31, 2009) – The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that it has voted overwhelmingly to relieve Paul Kelly of his duties as Executive Director, effective immediately.

The NHLPA Executive Board, consisting of one Player Representative from each of the 30 NHL teams, made the announcement at their annual meetings in Chicago, Illinois.  This decision by the Executive Board follows an in-depth analysis of the NHLPA’s operations.

Statement from the NHLPA Executive Board:

“Following the Executive Board’s review of the overall operation of the NHLPA, it was decided that Paul Kelly should no longer continue to serve as Executive Director.  We appreciate Mr. Kelly’s service to our Association.”

The Executive Board will immediately begin putting together a search committee that will identify and interview potential candidates for the vacant Executive Director’s position.

added 9:57am, from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

NHLPA staff members Glenn Healy, the director of player affairs, Pat Flatley, the assistant director of player affairs and Penny attended the proceedings. A source stated that both Healy and Flately were pro-Kelly, while Penny wanted to see a change at the top.

There was a report Monday morning that Flatley resigned his post after the Kelly announcement.

There also have been charges made from the pro-Kelly camp that Lindros continued to play a behind-the-scenes role in the attempted coup.

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