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Donald Fehr Tops Hockey News' List Of Top 100 In Power & Influence

New NHLPA Exec Dir DONALD FEHR ranks No. 1 on The Hockey News' list of the Top 100 "People of Power and Influence," and Ken Campbell notes the designation was "not only for what Fehr has accomplished already, but for the impact he will undoubtedly have in the hockey world in the next 18 months." Fehr has "power," as he was "brought in as an advisor to the broken down NHLPA and has emerged as the overwhelming choice of the players to guide them into" the next CBA. He was "the lead figure in reconstructing an NHLPA constitution that effectively neutered his predecessor, PAUL KELLY." Fehr also has "influence," as every time he "opens his mouth during a meeting with players and agents they come away more impressed." Campbell: "That Fehr was able to get the job despite some very contentious demands in terms of salary and employment terms speaks volumes of the sway he now holds" (THE HOCKEY NEWS, 1/17 issue). GARY BETTMAN ranks No. 2 on the list, and THE HOCKEY NEWS' Alan Adams writes it has been a "great year" for the NHL Commissioner, who is "in full control." The Blackhawks' Stanley Cup run "put the spotlight on hockey for the right reasons, as did the Olympics." The NHL also "whipped the NHLPA" in the Devils LW ILYA KOVALCHUK "contract saga and the talk of franchise relocation has died down" (THE HOCKEY NEWS, 1/17 issue). Listed below are the first 25 people named to the top 100 list.

TOP 25 PEOPLE OF POWER & INFLUENCE IN HOCKEY
RANK
PREV.
NAME
1
25
NHLPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr
2
1
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
3
3
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly
4
4
Penguins C Sidney Crosby
5
5
NHL COO John Collins
6
2
Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin
7
10
KHL President Alexander Medvedev
8
9
Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs
9
13
Red Wings GM Ken Holland
10
12
Lightning GM Steve Yzerman
11
14
Maple Leafs President & GM Brian Burke
12
6
NHL Senior Exec VP/Hockey Operations Colin Campbell
13
11
Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis
14
40
NHL VP/Hockey & Business Development Brendan Shanahan
15
22
CHL President David Branch
16
15
Devils President, CEO & GM Lou Lamoriello
17
19
Hockey Canada President Bob Nicholson
18
20
IIHF President Rene Fasel
19
NR
Blackhawks C Jonathan Toews
20
27
TSN Senior VP/Production Mark Milliere
21
32
AHL President Dave Andrews
22
NR
NBC Sports & Olympics Chair Dick Ebersol
23
NR
CBC "HNIC" Exec Dir Trevor Pilling
24
NR
Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk
25
43
Blackhawks President John McDonough
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