Tuesday, October 30, 2007

NHLPA approves constitution

Among the significant changes, the new constitution eliminates the Executive Committee, which was comprised of the President and Vice-President positions, leaving the 30 Club Player Representatives to serve as equal voting members of the Executive Board. Also, the positions of Executive Director and General Counsel, which have traditionally been held by the same person, will now be divided between two individuals. Both the Executive Director and the General Counsel will be non-voting members of the Executive Board.

Another new addition to the constitution involves the Executive Board’s appointment of an Ombudsman, with that individual serving as a non-voting member of the Board. The Ombudsman will also recommend a former player to serve in the capacity of Divisional Player Representative for each division in the league for the purpose of liaising with the players in those respective divisions.
There's been some suggestion that Eric Lindros will take on the ombudsman's role, although I could see him taking up one of the player representative posts.

It'll be interesting to see how this revamped union can attend to business without players in the president and vice-president roles.


At 10:26 p.m., October 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'll be interesting to see how this revamped union can attend to business without players in the president and vice-president roles.

Thats a feature not a bug.

At 2:22 p.m., October 31, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

Your right on point James, the structure described can't work.

Kelly needs a single day to day contact point with the players (the President or Vice President) to be effective. He also need a smaller (than 30) Executive or Management Committee to work and consult with.

Unless Kelly is delegated incredible authority (like Goodenow was) he will spend all his time trying to arrange conference calls with 30 players scattered across North America, in order to make decisions.

There were only two things wrong with the previous structure. First the Executive Director and General Counsel were combined. As a result, Linden had no independent legal advise on how to fire Goodenow and hire a new Ex. Director within the Constitution. Instead, he had to rely on Saskin who had a conflict of interest.

Second, the players had delegated too much authority to the Executive Director.

They have fixed the first problem - however - their solution to the second problem (an unworkable 30 man board with no leadership) is likely to lead to even more delegation of authority to the Executive Director.

If Kelly is smart he will convince the players to re-establish the President's position, a small Management Committee - and establish proper and responsible delegations of authority which provide appropriate checks and balances.


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