SBD/February 24, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Former NHLer Mathieu Schneider Will Assist With CBA Talks In New NHLPA Job

Schneider spent eight seasons of playing career as an NHLPA representative
The NHLPA yesterday announced that it has hired former NHLer MATHIEU SCHNEIDER as a Special Assistant to Exec Dir DONALD FEHR. In his newly created position, Schneider will work on both on- and off-ice matters. He also will play a role on behalf of the NHLPA in collective bargaining (NHLPA). The GLOBE & MAIL's David Shoalts notes Schneider will work out of the union's Toronto office. Schneider will communicate with the players about issues such as "concussions, equipment and rules of the game," while also helping them "prepare for collective bargaining." The hiring "fits Fehr’s strategy of having long-time players who were active in union affairs as sounding boards and liaisons with the current players." While Fehr had "more than one retired player serving in this capacity for the baseball union, it has not been decided if any additional retired players will be hired for the NHLPA" (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/24). Schneider was an "eight-time player rep" during his NHL career (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 2/24).
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