Fehr Begins NHL Tour
Former MLB players executive Donald Fehr is currently in the midst of a tour that will eventually land him in all 30 NHL cities.
It’s been widely speculated for quite some time that Fehr will eventually assume the same role in hockey that he held for years in professional baseball.
The plan currently in place is for Fehr to have his tour completed by the end of October. Sources say Fehr will make 30 stops in 45 days which obviously tells us the wheels are already in motion.
I’m told Fehr has already visited seven or eight teams on the eastern seaboard including the New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals.
Once the tour is completed Fehr is asking for a full membership vote to take place and wants the support to be overwhelming for him to take on the role of leading NHL players through the upcoming collective bargaining agreement process. I think most people are comfortable believing Fehr will have no issue receiving the necessary support given his background, expertise, and the way he presents himself in front of the players. Not to mention there really is no other alternative for the players to turn to at this crucial time. It’s important for Fehr to know he has the full support of the players as apposed to just the executive committee.
Most players I’ve spoken to believe Fehr is not looking to be a long-term solution for the NHLPA but rather just the man to get them through the next CBA. This can obviously change but it will be interesting to see who is hired to work side by side Fehr to potentially become his replacement once Fehr steps aside.
More to come,
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