Donald Fehr, who retired after 26 years as the Executive Director of the MLB Players Association in January of 2009, has accepted the like position with the NHL Players Association, it was announced Saturday.
The NHLPA announced that its Executive Board has voted to accept the recommendation of the Search Committee (Ryan Getzlaf, Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Rafalski, Brian Rolston and Mathieu Schneider) that Fehr be named to the position.
The recommendation to appoint Fehr as Executive Director will next be submitted to the full NHLPA membership for consideration, along with various amendments to the NHLPA Constitution that were approved by the Executive Board earlier this summer. The Executive Director and Constitution membership votes are expected to conclude following individual team meetings that will take place during training camp and the first part of the regular season, and Fehr’s appointment will not become official until that time. In the interim, Fehr will continue to assist the NHLPA as a consultant.
"The Search Committee is pleased that the Executive Board has endorsed our recommendation to select Don Fehr as our new Executive Director and we look forward to our fellow members voting on this important matter," said Mathieu Schneider.
"I am gratified by the Executive Board's vote, and I look forward to meeting all the Players at team meetings which begin later this month," said Fehr.
Michael Weiner, who served as the MLBA’s general counsel during Fehr’s tenure, and took over as Exec. Director of the players union for Major League Baseball after Fehr’s departure said, “We wish Don and the members of the NHLPA all the best and we look forward to continuing our long-time support of this union.”
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