Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/12/05 at 06:56 AM ET
As a professional and political organization, the NHL Players' Association has historically struggled with the basic concepts of democracy. Now, with Ted Saskin's new leadership coming under intense fire from within, that absence of commitment to democratic processes is threatening to plunge the once-potent union into chaos. To save the union, therefore, Saskin almost certainly has to quit his job. At least for now. To a large extent, the basic nature of the union reflects the basic nature of hockey players. Most are trained to follow orders and demands of coaches and general managers, not to think individually.The Saskin situation has been big news lately in Canada, but the U.S. hockey media has barely touched on this subject. I wonder why?
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