Fehr named head of Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

TORONTO: Don­ald Fehr, the for­mer head of the Ma­jor League Base­ball play­ers union, was named ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the NHL Play­ers' As­so­ci­a­tion on Satur­day. Fehr, a tough negotiator who over­saw base­ball's play­ers as­so­ci­a­tion for 26 years be­fore step­ping down in 2009, had been op­er­at­ing as an un­paid con­sul­tant for the NHLPA.

The 62-year-old lawyer takes over an or­ga­ni­za­tion that has been plagued by in­fight­ing and scan­dals and with­out a leader for more than a year.

"I am both hum­bled and hon­ored by the ex­pres­sion of con­fi­dence that the play­ers' vote re­flects," said Fehr in a state­ment re­leased by the NHLPA. "I'm look­ing for­ward to work­ing closely with the mem­ber­ship and the ex­ec­u­tive board." With the cur­rent Col­lec­tive Bar­gain­ing Agree­ment set to ex­pire on Septem­ber 15, 2012, Fehr's top pri­or­i­ties will be to get fa­mil­iar with the sport and play­ers be­fore re­build­ing the NHLPA. "We are pleased that the lead­er­ship po­si­tion at the Play­ers' As­so­ci­a­tion has been filled, and we look for­ward to work­ing with Don in his new role," said NHL Com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman. Fehr brings a hard-nosed ne­go­ti­at­ing style to his new post. Dur­ing his years in charge of the MLBPA, the base­ball union earned a rep­u­ta­tion as the most pow­er­ful in sport with Fehr play­ing a ma­jor role in the 1994-95 strike that re­sulted in the can­cel­la­tion of the World Se­ries. -Ap

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