by PuckStopsHere on 09/25/08 at 02:40 PM ET
The NHLPA has a checkered history. Most recently, they were broken by the NHL owners in the 2004/05 lockout where a salary cap and cost certainty were instituted. Paul Kelly has taken over the union and wants to build its power back. Ideally, the NHLPA has to be a strong unified group that is willing to fight for the players when needed and the players have to believe that joining in the fight is beneficial to them. In order to do this he has created an NHLPA Advisory Board. It has eight members who include some high profile people. Its initial membership will be Buzz Hargrove, George Cohen, Ken Baumgartner, Steve Larmer, Ron Lloyd, Dan O’Neill, Ron Pink and Ian Troop.
Buzz Hargrove is the former president of the Canadian Auto Worker’s union. He has shown an ability to create a strong union and fight on behalf of its members. George Cohen is a high profile Washington DC lawyer, who specializes in labor and constitution law and has a background in mediation. Ken Baumgartner is a former player aand was NH>LPA vice president from 1993—99. Steve Larmer is another former player, who left his position od NHLPA head of player relations in disgust during the Ted Saskin NHLPA. Ron Lloyd has a strong financial background and is the CEO of Credit Suisse Securities (Canada). Dan O’Neill is a former Molson CEO, who served on the board of governors for the Montreal Canadiens. Ron Pink will be the chairman of the group and is an Atlantic Canada lawyer who represents clients in union-side labor law. Ian Troop is the former president of the ConAgra Foods International Operating Group with experience in consumer branding. This is a very knowledgeable group who will hopefully help the NHLPA regain its relevance to the players in any upcoming labor issues.
Here is TSN’s story on the NHLPA move.
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