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SBD/Issue 51/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Donald Fehr's Work With NHLPA Creating Optimism Among Players
Published November 23, 2009
|Fehr Aiding NHLPA In Search For New
POWER PLAY: The GLOBE & MAIL’s Bruce Dowbiggin notes hockey agent and former NHLPA Associate Counsel Ian Pulver appeared on the CBC’s "Hotstove" segment on "Hockey Night In Canada" on Saturday and "offered motherhood opinions about players needing to decide for themselves" the future of the union. He said, "It’s a players’ association, not an agents’ association." But Pulver’s fellow panelists on the show -- Mike Milbury and Pierre LeBrun -- "were not buying the blandishments on Pulver’s neutrality" over former NHLPA Exec Dir Paul Kelly. Both “confronted him on his allegiance to the Ian Penny faction which has recently exited the PA after its failed purge this fall.” Meanwhile, former NHLPA Ombudsman Buzz Hargrove last week “was served with papers from the PA demanding the return of any and all confidential information in his possession and to cease and desist commenting on matters of confidentiality” (GLOBESPORTS.com, 11/23).
JOINING THE RUSH: In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont wrote recently-retired NHLer Brendan Shanahan “would be a tremendous addition to the PA, especially now that the players have begun to reshape the union’s constitution.” The union’s “need has never been greater for a smart, respected, high-profile player to come aboard in a position of weight and authority” (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/22).