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Former baseball union boss Donald Fehr on verge of taking over same role in NHL

Aug 26, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

According to James Mirtle of the Toronto Globe and Mail longtime MLB players’ association executive director Donald Fehr “is on the verge of taking over the troubled NHL players’ association.”
Hockey has been without a players’ association boss since Paul Kelly was fired last year and Fehr received an $11 million severance package while stepping down from the MLBPA in October.
Mirtle reports that the 62-year-old Fehr has been working as “an unpaid advisor” to the NHL since then and his officially being voted in by the 30 player representatives is “believed to be a formality”

  1. Matt S. - Aug 26, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Also a “formality”, a 2012 strike/lockout.

  2. mike wants wins - Aug 26, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Goodbye Hockey as we know it.

  3. RichardInBigD - Aug 26, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    When Fehr took over the MLBPA, baseball was still, arguably, America’s pastime. Now, it’s second in some cities, third in others. So what happens when the guy that contributed to that, steps in to the same role with the FOURTH sport? I guess curling moves up a rung, or maybe horseshoes. Don’t these guys see what they’re getting themselves into? Sure, baseball players have it better than in any othr sport, but at what cost? And for how long? I’m not a big hockey fan, but about the only reason I wouldn’t mind seeing it go away is that it would mean Ton Hicks would lose what little he has left of his shirt…

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