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Glenn Healy resigns from Players Association

Thursday, 09.03.2009 / 5:10 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

By NHL.com Staff

Glenn Healy resigned as Director of Player Affairs of the National Hockey League Players Association on Thursday, three days after Executive Director Paul Kelly was fired.

Healy said his credibility was undermined by an internal report and comments by Interim Executive Director Ian Penny, including criticism of Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, at the weekend meeting in Chicago that resulted in Kelly's firing.

In Healy's letter of resignation, a copy of which was obtained by TSN, he concluded, "Based on what occurred in the Executive Board Meeting in Chicago, including the presentations made, all of which were accepted and endorsed by the Executive Board, my reputation and credibility with the players has been irreparably harmed and compromised. I can no longer continue to move forward believing that I have the trust of the players."

Assistant Director of Player Affairs Patrick Flatley also resigned after Kelly's firing, as did Bob Lundquist, a union accounting consultant.

Healy, 47, played 14 NHL seasons with four different teams, finishing with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2001. He worked as a broadcaster before joining the union in June 2008.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory