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SBD/Issue 5/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Chris Chelios Reportedly Leading Push To Reinstate Paul Kelly
Published September 18, 2009
|Could Kelly Return As NHLPA Exec Dir?|
I WANT THE TRUTH! The GLOBE & MAIL's Allan Maki reports CAA Sports Hockey co-Heads J.P. Barry and Pat Brisson are "asking their clients to find out what led to Paul Kelly's firing." Barry and Brisson in a statement Thursday noted they have had talked to their clients -- which include Penguins Cs Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane -- as well as other NHLers and said that "some of the things we have learned about the process are very troubling to us." Chelios also said that his former Red Wings teammates "wanted to know why such an important decision was made without their knowledge or consent." Chelios: "They felt they should have been consulted first. They felt I should have gotten the information, and brought it back to them then I could have taken their consensus back to the executive board. I couldn't agree more" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/18). Chelios said that the next NHLPA Exec Board meeting on September 28 "will be important since the 30 player reps will have all garnered feedback from their teammates throughout training camp." Chelios: "That's really the first chance for us to get together and talk about the feedback they got." He added, "We want transparency. The players in Detroit were surprised and disappointed. ... They can't believe they didn't have a say in this" (ESPN.com, 9/17).
UNION RAILROAD: In Vancouver, Ed Willes writes three weeks following Kelly's removal, the situation at the NHLPA "remains confusing and troubling for hockey fans." If the proceedings are "simply the result of a dysfunctional and chronically inept PA, most fans could care less." But with CBA negotiations with the NHL looming, if this is the "prelude to another long and tortured negotiation followed by another work stoppage, then anyone who cares about the game should be alarmed" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 9/18).