SBD/Issue 28/Leagues & Governing Bodies

NHLPA To Announce Results Of Player Vote On Investigation

The NHLPA is expected to announce later today the results of a vote to authorize an investigation into union affairs, and while many hockey insiders expect the vote to pass, some player reps have been abstaining to prevent a quorum from being reached, according to two sources. There was a buzz in hockey circles yesterday that enough player reps had voted to authorize the investigation, but attempts to confirm whether those rumors were true were unsuccessful. Player reps have 72 hours from Sunday night's call to cast votes by e-mail or another form of communication to the union. Under the NHLPA constitution, a motion must get 20 yes votes to pass, but 25 votes must be cast overall in order to reach a quorum and make the vote official. Sources said that NHLPA player reps voted 19-3 during a conference call Sunday night in favor of forming a committee to investigate union affairs, including the events leading up to the firing of former Exec Dir Paul Kelly. But the motion for an investigation needed at least one more yes vote to pass and three more total votes to reach a quorum to make it official. NHLPA player reps have been criticized by some media outlets for being too apathetic to join or stay on the conference call Sunday night to participate in a critical union vote. But one source said there were players who wanted to abstain. “It was not apathy,” said this source. Another source said player reps in the past few days are “intentionally not cooperating” so that the vote will fail for a lack of a quorum. Meanwhile, there is a lot of politicking by groups supporting and opposing an investigation, sources said. It is unclear exactly what the deadline is or when the votes will be announced, but one source said the results may be announced at 5:00pm ET today.

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