Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Saskin's role as Big Brother

Under a program dubbed "Big Brother," former NHL Players' Association executive Ted Saskin directed a colleague to covertly access the email accounts of as many as 45 NHL players and 21 union employees, and went so far as to retrieve confidential records about which players voted against the NHL's current labour contract, according to an internal union report.

The startling details are included in a report prepared for the NHLPA by Toronto lawyer Chris Paliare.
There's some incredibly damning stuff in here, including the fact that Saskin authorized the accessing of Trent Klatt's non-union email account when the player realized something was up with his address and stopped using it.

Saskin also used the details of how NHLPA members voted to "work the room" when convincing the membership to vote for the new collective bargaining agreement.

If this is the kind of stuff that's going to continue to come out, Saskin's wrongful dismissal suit doesn't have a hope, and Westhead even noted on the radio today that the union may sue him in order to regain some of his ill-gotten salary over the past two years.

What a mess.

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At 4:27 p.m., May 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is Chelios going to get blamed for causing all of this troubel?

At 1:44 a.m., May 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard it was Ted Lindsay's fault.

At 9:25 p.m., May 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would you blame Chelios? He was one of the biggest proponents for the fight to remove Saskin, it's hardly his fault the NHLPA's head was something less then ethical.


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