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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.”
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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
...the NHLPA’s acting executive director and general counsel, Ian Penny, explained to ESPN.com on Tuesday that the work of the union goes on despite the criticism. Penny, a key voice in the move to oust Kelly, was in New York to meet with some of the game’s biggest stars as part of an annual media and promotional gathering here.
For him, it was a chance to both reassure those stars that the union is on track and hear concerns players might have about how the Kelly decision came about.
Although he wouldn’t go so far as to suggest the surprise dismissal of an executive director hired less than two years ago served as a wake-up call to a sometimes passive membership, Penny said he has heard from players who expressed an interest in being more involved in union affairs.
“What we’re hearing back is that there’s strong support for the process that the player reps went through [in making the decision to fire Kelly],” Penny said. “But at the same time, there are players that say, ‘You know what, these are pretty heavy decisions and I should be more involved, more informed.’
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The fact of the matter is, not one single thing will change on the ice as a result of Kelly’s ouster, nor will anything be different between the whistles when the new man (or woman) takes over. For the next three seasons, fans won’t have to worry much about how dysfunctional and predatory the NHLPA’s head office has become. For all most fans care, the union can go on devouring its own and the game won’t be any different.
But there are a number of reasons why, as a hockey fan, you should be concerned about the putsch a small, but vocal and radical group of players pulled off in Chicago in the wee hours of Monday morning.
In firing Kelly, the players made it abundantly clear they are not pleased with the current direction of their association’s affairs. There are allegations Kelly was too media friendly, a little too cozy with those who occupy the upper reaches of the NHL and the fact that he didn’t connect as well with the players as they hoped he would.
In case you missed it, Ian Penny has been named Interim Executive Director of the NHLPA.
added 7:50pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
One top player told ESPN.com that by the time the search committee gets around to finding a new executive director and gets up to speed, “he won’t have time to get his pencil sharpened before we’re in another lockout.”
“It’s the culture of paranoia,” added a former player and former NHLPA executive committee member. “And what sign does this send to the league? Where’s the stability at the union? It’s a year or two away from needing to negotiate a new CBA.”