Don Fehr Reportedly to Lead NHLPA
Citing unnamed sources, the publication said other candidates have been informed they are no longer in the running for executive director of the NHLPA. The players' union has lacked a full-time chief since Paul Kelly was fired last August.
The decision by the selection committee would still have to be confirmed by the executive board made up of a player rep from each of the 30 NHL teams, a process that could take several weeks.
NHLPA spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon said the union would have no announcement Wednesday night.
"Throughout the entire search process, the NHLPA Search Committee has operated in a confidential manner and will continue to do so until their work is complete," Weatherdon said in a statement.
Fehr, 63, led the MLBPA from 1983 through 2009, a span that included three work stoppages -- including the cancellation of the 1994 World Series -- and baseball's steroid era that some experts say was exacerbated by the union's resistance to drug testing. But Fehr was highly popular among players as salaries rose steadily during his tenure and he successfully won a $280 million settlement after it was found that owners colluded to keep free-agent salaries down.
The current collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHLPA expires after the 2011-12 season.