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SBD/Issue 16/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Brendan Shanahan Touted As Candidate For NHLPA Exec Dir Role
Published October 5, 2009
|Writer Says NHLPA Should
Seriously Consider Shanahan
UNION IN Disarray: In Toronto, Mike Zeiseberger writes, “Just when you thought the NHLPA couldn’t take any more publicity hits, it absorbs another blow right in the gut.” The controversy over the ouster of former Exec Dir Paul Kelly is a “major reason why many difficult questions were asked during the executive board’s conference call Sunday night, a multi-hour session that stretched deep into the evening.” From the "moment Kelly was turfed in Chicago back in August, the union’s image has been regularly smeared” (TORONTO SUN, 10/5). The CBC’s Don Cherry Saturday on “HNIC” said that he “usually sides with players on issues, but couldn’t when it comes to Kelly.” Cherry: “It’s terrible the way they treated him. They should be ashamed of themselves. … When I hear somebody’s been fired quick like that, something fishy’s going on” (CP, 10/4). Meanwhile, in Toronto, Steve Simmons wrote, “What’s next for the messed up NHLPA, after ignorabtly hiring Al Eagleson’s buddy, Roy McMurtry, to explain the Paul Kelly dismissal? Why not hire Ted Saskin? Bob Goodenow? Or why doesn’t [interim Exec Dir] Ian Penny just resign and let the PA start over again?” (TORONTO SUN, 10/4). In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont wondered, “How much longer before one or more members of the rank and file finally has the decency and common sense to walk into the FBI or Labor Canada and ask the obvious: What is going on here?” (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/4).