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NHLPA Ombudsman Lindros Resigns, Cites Difficulties With Kelly
Published February 4, 2009
|Lindros Had Served As NHLPA
Ombudsman Since November '07
NOT A SURPRISE: In Toronto, Damien Cox notes the fact that Lindros and Kelly, "once friends and mutual admirers, had ceased to even speak cordially to one another was an open NHLPA secret." Kelly "made little effort to hide his dislike for the role Lindros was playing, essentially arguing that [he] was attempting to step far outside the boundaries of his position." It therefore was "hardly a shock when Lindros departed yesterday, although nobody's saying whether this was a resignation or a firing." Lindros "had become increasingly isolated within the union and won't be missed." However, while there is "no whiff of impropriety whatsoever about Kelly in this or any other union matter, the optics are always poor for any organization when a person in the position of being a watchdog becomes an enemy of the boss, and then walks the plank" (TORONTO STAR, 2/4).