In Toronto, Daniel Girard notes former NHLer GEORGES LARAQUE "has picked a new fight: battling for the rights of more than 1,300 junior hockey players." Laraque yesterday was named Exec Dir of the "fledgling Canadian Hockey League Players Association." Laraque said, "We’re not talking about renegotiating the contracts for players who are already millionaires. We’re talking about doing something to improve the lives of 16- to 20-year-olds, most of whom will never play in the NHL” (TORONTO STAR, 8/22).
EXECS: Univ. of Cincinnati President GREG WILLIAMS yesterday "unexpectedly announced his resignation." Williams was "very active in the Big East Conference, working behind the scenes to keep the conference together after the defections of West Virginia, Syracuse and Pittsburgh." Williams earlier this year also chaired the Big East presidents' committee "to find a new commissioner" to replace JOHN MARINATTO (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 8/22)....Outdoor Channel named LOREY ZLOTNICK Senior VP/Marketing (Outdoor Channel)....Golf Channel named Discovery Channel Senior Communications Dir DAVID SCHAEFER to the newly-created role of VP/Communications (Golf Channel)....U.S. Bank named Merrill Lynch Sports & Advisory Group Dir STEVE VOGEL Professional Sports Group VP. Vogel will be based in Charlotte (U.S. Bank)....Providence College named MARCUS BLOSSOM Associate AD/Business. Blossom replaces MAC HART, who resigned in July (Providence)....The Univ. of Illinois named Baylor Univ. Exec Dir of Athletic Fundraising RICK DARNELL Senior Associate AD/Development and Univ. of Cincinnati Assistant General Counsel LOREN ISRAEL Assistant AD/Compliance (Illinois).
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