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NHLPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr Tops Globe & Mail's Power 50 List

NHLPA Exec Dir DONALD FEHR tops the Globe and Mail’s Power 50 for '12 list "because of the significance accorded negotiations on a new" CBA with the NHL and because his reputation suggests NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN “might not want to assume any more that he is the brightest guy in the room,” according to Jeff Blair of the GLOBE & MAIL. Fehr, who led the MLBPA for 23 years, has “made the link between baseball’s labour peace and the absence of a salary cap, suggesting to many that he will push for an overhauled system of revenue sharing and a luxury tax in the NHL.” Blair noted that “will be a tough sell to owners.” But what “might be an easier sell … is the notion of a World Cup of hockey, modelled on the joint partnership that resulted in the World Baseball Classic.” Below is Globe & Mail’s Power 50 List, which “ranks players with the influence, and the desire, to affect sport in Canada" during '12 (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/7).
RANK
EXEC
1
NHLPA Exec Dir Don Fehr
2
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
3
Concussion Experts
4
Hockey HOFer Ken Dryden
5
COC President Marcel Aubut
6
WTA Chair & CEO Stacey Allaster
7
NHL VP/Player Safety & Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan
8
CTV President of Sports & Exec VP/Programming Phil King/
Bell Canada President & CEO George Cope
9
Rogers Media President Keith Pelley/
Rogers Communications President & CEO Nadir Mohamed
10
Quebecor Media President & CEO Pierre-Karl Péladeau
11
Flames co-Owner Murray Edwards
12
Penguins C Sidney Crosby
13
Dir of Doping Control Laboratory Christiane Ayotte
14
Canadiens Owner Geoff Molson
15
Canucks Owner Francesco Aquilini
16
CFL B.C. Lions and Toronto Argonauts Owner David Braley
17
CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon
18
Canadian athletic nonprofit organization B2ten
19
Canadian Olympic Gold Medal-winning Speedskater Clara Hughes
20
Golf Canada Exec Dir & CEO Scott Simmons
21
Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs/NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly
22
Tennis Canada CEO Michael Downey
23
Blue Jays President & CEO Paul Beeston/Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos
24
IIHF Ambassador and Mentor Program Coordinator Hayley Wickenheiser
25
Oilers Owner Daryl Katz
26
Own the Podium CEO Anne Merklinger
27
'12 Canadian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Mark Tewksbury
28
CBC Exec Dir of Sports Properties Jeff Orridge
29
CBC hockey analyst Don Cherry
30
RBC Chief Brand & Communications Officer Jim Little
31
Flames RW Jarome Iginla
32
Maple Leafs President & GM Brian Burke
33
F1 Canadian Grand Prix Promoter and
Octane Motorsports Events President & CEO Francois Dumontier
34
MLS Impact President Joey Saputo/MLS Whitecap's co-Owner Jeff Mallett
35
NHL Jets co-Owner Mark Chipman
36
Univ. of Ottawa Vice Dean & Professor Blaine Hoshizaki
37
Woodbine Entertainment Group CEO Nick Eaves
38
Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Brian Day/'10 Vancouver Olympic Games Chief Medical
Officer Dr. Jack Taunton/Raptors Dir of Sports Science Alex McKechnie
39
CFL Montreal Alouettes QB Anthony Cavillo
40
Hockey Canada President & CEO Bob Nicholson
41
Ontario Hockey League Commissioner &
Canada Hockey League President David Branch
42
Raptors President & GM Bryan Colangelo
43
UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre
44
Border Ladner Gervais attorney and former CFL Commissioner Doug Mitchell
45
Canadian Olympic boxer Mary Spencer
46
Canadian Senator (B.C.) and former Gold Medal-winning skier Nancy Greene-Raine
47
Former Canadian men's national basketball team coach Ken Shields
48
Suns G and MLS Whitecaps investor Steve Nash
49
MLSE Chair Larry Tanenbaum
50
Former NHLer Theo Fleury
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