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NHLPA Exec Dir Paul Kelly Reportedly Under Fire, Could Be Ousted
Published August 28, 2009
|NHLPA's Exec Committee Could
Vote To Remove Paul Kelly
ANSWER IS BLOWIN' IN THE WIND: The GLOBE & MAIL's Tim Wharnsby reports NHLPA Exec Committee members "recently participated in what could be described as a leadership review," part of which was to "interview each member of the NHLPA staff." It is believed that "dissent surrounding Kelly's leadership began to pick up steam" at NHLPA meetings in Las Vegas in June, and "alarm bells certainly went off in February" after Ombudsman Eric Lindros suddenly resigned. Wharnsby notes "opinions are wide ranging as to whether members have been pleased with the job" Kelly has done in his 22-month stint, and some players "pledged to grill Kelly on a variety of internal matters," including Lindros' resignation (GLOBE & MAIL, 8/28). In Calgary, Steve MacFarlane notes NHL players Thursday "weren't willing or informed enough to comment" on the matter. Kings LW Ryan Smyth: "I don't know much about it, so I'm not really going to comment on it." Sharks D Dan Boyle said, "I heard a couple guys talking. I'm honestly not that informed about it and I don't know enough" (CALGARY SUN, 8/28).