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NHLPA Introduces Their Negotiating Committee

CHICAGO (June 27, 2012) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today announced its Negotiating Committee, following three days of Executive Board Meetings in Chicago. The NHLPA’s Negotiating Committee consists of 31 Players (see list below), representing a cross-section of the overall Membership of the NHLPA.

The Players named to the Negotiating Committee will be closely involved in the collective bargaining process between the NHLPA and the NHL. Various members of the Committee will attend bargaining sessions and regular correspondence will be conducted throughout the bargaining process as a means of keeping the entire Committee updated. While the members of the Negotiating Committee are taking a very active role on behalf of their fellow Players, bargaining sessions will be open for all Players to attend. 

“It’s great to see that so many Players have chosen to participate in bargaining and get involved in the important work ahead for their Association,” said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. “I’m certain this group of Players and all Players who will be attending bargaining sessions will do a great job.”

Over the past three days, the NHLPA’s Executive Board Meetings took place at The Peninsula Chicago, with 56 NHLPA Members in attendance, including many members of the Negotiating Committee. The meetings, which are held by the Association on an annual basis, covered a wide array of Association business matters, as well as various matters pertaining to the upcoming collective bargaining negotiations.

“I’m proud to be a part of the Negotiating Committee and look forward to working with my fellow Players to help our Association reach a fair deal,” said David Backes, NHLPA Negotiating Committee Member and St. Louis Blues forward.

“These were informative meetings this week that gave us the chance to have extensive conversations about collective bargaining with Don and the other Players here. I think we have a really solid group of guys on our Negotiating Committee and I’m glad that I can be involved,” said Martin Biron, NHLPA Negotiating Committee Member and New York Rangers goalie.

Further to this week’s meetings in Chicago, the NHLPA will also be conducting regional Player meetings over the course of the summer to keep the Players informed on all key issues that may arise during bargaining. 

NHLPA Negotiating Committee:

Craig Adams (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Adrian Aucoin (Phoenix Coyotes)
Alex Auld (Ottawa Senators)
David Backes (St. Louis Blues)
Marty Biron (New York Rangers)
Brad Boyes (Buffalo Sabres)
Chris Campoli (Montreal Canadiens)
B.J. Crombeen (St. Louis Blues)
Mathieu Darche (Montreal Canadiens)
Rick DiPietro (New York Islanders)
Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes)
Brandon Dubinsky (New York Rangers)
Ruslan Fedotenko (New York Rangers)
Alex Goligoski (Dallas Stars)
Ron Hainsey (Winnipeg Jets)
Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia Flyers)
Jamie Langenbrunner (St. Louis Blues)
Manny Malhotra (Vancouver Canucks)
Steve Montador (Chicago Blackhawks)
Dominic Moore (San Jose Sharks)
Brendan Morrison (Chicago Blackhawks)
Douglas Murray (San Jose Sharks)
George Parros (Anaheim Ducks)
Chris Phillips (Ottawa Senators)
Cory Schneider (Vancouver Canucks)
John Tavares (New York Islanders)
Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
Kevin Westgarth (Los Angeles Kings)
Dan Winnik (San Jose Sharks)
James Wisniewski (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings)

*More Players may be added at a later date

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Interesting to see both Zetterberg and Weber. Lets hope Weber doesn’t use Z’s head as a gavel wink

Posted by Sean on 06/27/12 at 06:33 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Interesting to see Z at all. Pretty sure Kronwall is the normal player rep for the Wings. Perhaps he’s busy building his house?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 06/27/12 at 07:10 PM ET


Nate A: I agree. Perhaps he is one of the *More Players to be added at a later date

Posted by Sean on 06/27/12 at 07:22 PM ET

wolverine's avatar

This is embarrassing if you are the Players Association. Jeremy Jacobs, Ed Snider, and Rocky Wirtz will be shaking in their boots when the demands of B.J. Crombeen, Chris Campoli and George Parros are tabled.  If you want to be serious about this, you need a few more big dogs besides Zetterberg, Weber and Tavares.

Posted by wolverine on 06/27/12 at 07:39 PM ET


Wolverine: They want to make sure a good assortment of ages and birthplaces are represented. I don’t doubt they chose very intelligent representatives.

Posted by Sean on 06/27/12 at 07:41 PM ET

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Wolverine: They want to make sure a good assortment of ages and birthplaces are represented. I don’t doubt they chose very intelligent representatives.

Posted by Sean on 06/27/12 at 05:41 PM ET

I don’t think they need intelligence at this point.  Donald Fehr is making $3 million plus per year to be the smart guy.  He’s got the best lawyers in labor negotiations in the country making $500 per hour as his help.  What they do need is star power.  That reads Crosby, Ovechkin, Toews, Charra, Richards, Stamkos, Quick, E. Staal, Nash, Iginla, among many others.  I’m sure they’ll get involved when push comes to shove, but why jeopardize missing part of the season?  Put on a strong united front right now.  That’s what killed them last time.

Posted by wolverine on 06/27/12 at 07:59 PM ET

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Put on a strong united front right now.

I dunno, the reps you’ve got here from stars and scrubs, vets and rookies alike seems pretty united to me. It’s showing the union doesn’t just stand for the high end guys, or only the guys with tenure. It stands for everyone and they’ll be giving weight to everyone’s issues.

I especially appreciate that Fehr is not leading the players, but rather guiding and advising them. He will of course take care of all the legal details, but from my perspective it really does look like he’s working for the players instead of to inflate his own ego.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 06/27/12 at 08:16 PM ET

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For working group meetings and handling issues that arise during collective bargaining negotiations, you need players that have some intelligence (eg. offhand, I know that Parros and Westgarth went to Princeton) and communication skills.  This aspect has very, very little to do with PR.  The other players can and will make statements when necessary.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 06/27/12 at 08:19 PM ET


Fehr seems to be very active in engaging the media when it comes to PA business and upcoming CBA negotiations.  I think Bob Goodenow’s disinterest in fighting the PR battle led to the players turning on him and disintegrating the PA’s power, so its a good sign for the players that Fehr has no interest in seeing his guys smeared as the bad guys in the press again this time around.

Posted by henrymalredo from lansing on 06/27/12 at 10:07 PM ET

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