TORONTO – The NHL Players’ Association will begin searching for a new executive director.
The Board of Directors of the NHLPA announced Friday night that it has voted to establish a Search Committee to find a replacement for current Executive Director Donald Fehr, who will continue to lead the association during the search.
Fehr has led the NHLPA since December 2010 and has seen the union go through two rounds of collective bargaining in 2013 and 2020.
The committee consists of current NHL players Ian Cole (Carolina Hurricanes), Justin Faulk (St. Louis Blues), Sam Gagner (Detroit Red Wings), Zach Hyman (Edmonton Oilers), Kyle Okposo (Buffalo Sabers), Nate Schmidt ( Winnipeg Jets) and Kevin Shattenkirk (Anaheim Ducks), with additional members to be added by the NHLPA Board of Directors up to and during the July board meetings.
“The many players who have played in the NHL over the past 11 years appreciate the significant accomplishments under Don Fehr’s leadership,” the NHLPA said in a statement.
“Don joined the NHLPA after a long and distinguished career as Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. He quickly stabilized the union after a very difficult period. He led the NHLPA through the 2012-13 lockout and negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement that created a defined benefit retirement plan that will benefit players for generations to come. »
“Don played an important role in reviving the World Cup of Hockey in 2016. After COVID-19 forced the suspension of the 2019-20 season, Don led the negotiations that resulted in a July 2020 extension of the collective bargaining agreement that enabled play the Stanley Cup Playoffs. »
Fehr has come under fire for his and the NHLPA’s handling of sexual assault allegations made by Kyle Beach against the Chicago Blackhawks.
A 20-page review of an independent investigation commissioned by the union found no “individual wrongdoing or institutional policy or process failures” by Fehr or others in handling Beach’s allegations.