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NHLPA Looks To MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr For Consultation
Published October 8, 2009
|Fehr Has Been Consulting With NHLPA
Since Kelly's Firing In August
FILLING THE LEADERSHIP VOID: In Toronto, Damien Cox noted NHLPA Ombudsman Buzz Hargrove has “risen to the top and become the voice of the union.” Cox: “He says whether it was right or wrong to fire Paul Kelly. He calls Kelly a liar on the airwaves. … This is an ombudsman we’re talking about!!! Where in the world is Ian Penny, the orchestrator of all this chaos?” (THESTAR.com, 10/7). Meanwhile, Bruins Ds Mark Stuart and Dennis Wideman yesterday confirmed that they will be the club’s “new leadership duo in all things related” to the NHLPA after D Andrew Ference notified teammates earlier this week that he has “lost his desire to continue as the player representative” (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/8). Maple Leafs C and player rep Matt Stajan said that “players on the Maple Leafs are solidly behind the NHL Players’ Association and its firing” of Kelly. Stajan: “All of us want what’s best for the players. We’re all on the same page, we want to move forward” (TORONTO STAR, 10/8).