National Hockey League Players' Association

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The National Hockey League Players' Association ( NHLPA for short ) is a union that represents the interests of the players in the North American professional ice hockey league , the National Hockey League . The headquarters of the NHLPA is located in the Canadian Toronto in the province of Ontario . At the beginning of the 2007/08 season , 1005 players were members of the organization, of which Donald Fehr has been the managing director since December 18, 2010 .


First mergers (1957 to 1958)

As early as 1957, the two ice hockey players Ted Lindsay of the Detroit Red Wings and Doug Harvey of the Canadiens de Montréal founded a first player organization after the league refused to publish information about possible plans for a pension for the players. However, the work of the organization was hindered by the club owners through player transfers or exile to farm teams in the minor leagues . After an out-of-court settlement on various issues, the organization was finally dissolved.

Foundation (1967)

The NHLPA in its current form was finally founded in June 1967 by the players of the Original Six . Founding members and at the same time representatives of the teams were Eddie Johnston of the Boston Bruins , Pierre Pilote of the Chicago Black Hawks , Norm Ullman of the Detroit Red Wings , Bobby Rousseau and JC Tremblay of the Canadiens de Montréal , Rod Gilbert , Harry Howell and Bob Nevin of the New York Rangers and Bob Pulford of the Toronto Maple Leafs , who was also named the first President of the NHLPA. The promoter Alan Eagleson became the first managing director .

Successful contract between NHL and NHLPA (1967 to 1991)

In order to prevent a failure like that of the predecessor, the club owners and Pulford, who had previously threatened to obtain recognition from the independent Canadian Labor Relations Board, agreed on an agreement that would not impose any sanctions on players the clubs guaranteed if they belonged to the NHLPA. In return, the organization undertook to represent at least two thirds of the NHL players and not to strike unless the clubs violated one of the agreements of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement , or CBA for short.

Strikes and Lockouts (1991 to 2005)

Alan Eagleson was replaced by Bob Goodenow as executive director in 1991 and was eventually sentenced in January 1998 to a $ 1 million Canadian penalty and 18 months in prison for fraudulent conduct during his tenure . In 1992 there was a player strike for the first time, in which the actors demanded the right to market their own image. In the 1994/95 season there was again a 104-day lockout , the lockout of the players by the clubs after the team owners and the players union had not been able to agree on the renewal of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. When an agreement was finally reached, 38 match days had already fallen victim to the strike, so that the regular season was played in just 48 instead of 84 match days.

Negotiations took place again in the summer of 2004, but repeatedly failed to reach an agreement. So there was another lockout . On February 16, 2005, NHL boss Gary Bettman announced the complete cancellation of the season because further meetings did not lead to any result. It was not until July 13, 2005 that the club owners and the union agreed on the new cornerstones of the CBA, which were ratified on July 22, 2005, thus ending the 310-day strike. The new agreement with the NHLPA has a term of six years and ends on September 15, 2011, with the NHLPA having the option to extend this unilaterally for a further year.

Espionage affair and consolidation (since 2005)

Less than a week after the official end of the industrial action, President Robert W. Goodenow resigned from his position after 15 years at the helm of the players' representatives. He was succeeded by Ted Saskin , who was the players' union negotiator in the labor dispute. He was removed from office in May 2007 after an espionage affair involving the email accounts of various NHL players. Thereupon the players Michael Cammalleri of the Los Angeles Kings , Robyn Regehr of the Calgary Flames , Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings , Shawn Horcoff of the Edmonton Oilers and the free agent Eric Lindros were charged with the formation of a committee to search for a new managing director . On October 24, Boston attorney Paul Kelly was introduced as Saskin's successor. His tenure lasted less than two years, however, as he was dismissed on August 31, 2009 and replaced on an interim basis by Ian Penny and later by Mike Ouellet . Donald Fehr has been running the union since December 18, 2010 .


The NHLPA is made up of several parties. Among them is the managing director who takes care of the day-to-day business of the union. In addition, the active players in each of the 31 franchises elect a player representative from their ranks. These 31 representatives then choose a president from one another, who stands up for the interests of the same.

executive Director

Surname Term of office
Alan Eagleson 1967-1991
Bob Goodenow 1992 − July 2005
Ted Saskin July 2005-10. May 2007
Paul Kelly October 24, 2007–31. August 2009
Ian Penny * August 31, 2009–30. October 2009
Mike Ouellet * October 30, 2009–18. December 2010
Donald Fehr since December 18, 2010

* Interim


Surname Term of office
Ted Lindsay 1957-1958
Bob Pulford 1967-1972
Ken Dryden 1972-1974
Pit Martin 1974-1975
Bobby Clarke 1975-1979
Phil Esposito 1979-10. February 1981
Tony Esposito February 10, 1981-24. October 1984
Bryan Trottier October 24, 1984-9. November 1992
Doug Wilson November 9, 1992-13. September 1993
Mike Gartner September 13, 1993-1998
Trevor Linden 1998-2006

Division Representatives

Surname Term of office
Atlantic Division
Steve Webb since March 27, 2008
Central Division
Jim McKenzie since March 27, 2008
Northeast Division
Rob Zamuner since March 27, 2008
Northwest Division
Darby Hendrickson since March 27, 2008
Pacific Division
Dave Scatchard since March 27, 2008
Southeast Division
Joe Reekie since March 27, 2008

Player representatives for the 2017/18 season

Surname team
Kevin Bieksa Anaheim Ducks
Kevin Connauton Arizona Coyotes
Adam McQuaid Boston Bruins
Jake McCabe Buffalo Sabers
Troy Brouwer Calgary Flames
Justin Faulk Carolina Hurricanes
Tommy Wingels Chicago Blackhawks
Tyson Barrie Colorado Avalanche
Brandon Dubinsky Columbus Blue Jackets
Antoine Roussel Dallas Stars
Niklas Kronwall Detroit Red Wings
Mark Letestu Edmonton Oilers
Nick Bjugstad Florida panthers
Alec Martinez Los Angeles Kings
Devan Dubnyk Minnesota Wild
Max Pacioretty Montréal Canadiens
Yannick Weber Nashville Predators
Cory Schneider New Jersey Devils
John Tavares New York Islanders
Kevin Shattenkirk New York Rangers
Mark Stone Ottawa Senators
Radko Gudas Philadelphia Flyers
Ian Cole Pittsburgh Penguins
Brenden Dillon San Jose Sharks
Colton Parayko St. Louis Blues
Alexander Killorn Tampa Bay Lightning
James van Riemsdyk Toronto Maple Leafs
Erik Gudbranson Vancouver Canucks
Nate Schmidt Vegas Golden Knights
Tom Wilson Washington Capitals
Adam Lowry Winnipeg Jets

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The Washington Post Online, Cold Reality: NHL Cancels The Season
  2., Game on: NHL, union agree to end lockout
  3. Original text of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Version 2005 ( Memento of the original from July 20, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 6.8 MB) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4., NHLPA fires executive director Ted Saskin
  5., Players Select Paul Kelly as NHLPA Executive Director

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