Klatt breaks his silence
It was all happening too fast for Klatt. He argued to have the process halted, but he was taking a verbal pounding.
Onetime NHL star Mike Gartner, who had taken a job at the union, was among those on the attack. "He said he was utterly disgusted with me, so disappointed that I had made this into an issue," Klatt told the Star in his first extended interview about the union debacle. "He went up one side of me and down the other. It was pretty grim. I just felt sick."
These days, it's Gartner and other long-time Saskin supporters who have been left to feel ill. The 700-some members of the NHLPA are indebted to Klatt, who in the months after Saskin's controversial hiring in July 2005 seemed like a lone voice in the wilderness. Even after leaving the association, he continued to lobby in the background.
"He's a modern-day Carl Brewer," says Detroit Red Wings defenceman Mathieu Schneider.