Donald Fehr, the former head of the Major League Baseball players' union, has been officially nominated to lead the National Hockey League Players' Association in an announcement made by the union on Saturday.
The NHLPA's Executive Board has voted to accept the recommendation of the Search Committee (Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf
, New Jersey's Jamie Langenbrunner
, Detroit's Brian Rafalski
, New Jersey's Brian Rolston
and free-agent defenseman Mathieu Schneider
) that Fehr be named the new NHLPA Executive Director.
This recommendation will be voted on by the League's players during individual team meetings that will take place during training camp, which opens next week, and the first part of the regular season. Fehr's appointment as executive director will not formally happen until the voting process is complete. In the interim, Fehr will continue as a consultant to the union, an unpaid position he has held since November. Members will also vote on various amendments to the NHLPA constitution during the individual team meetings.
"I am gratified by the executive board's vote, and I look forward to meeting all the players at team meetings which begin later this month," Fehr said in the statement.
"The Search Committee is pleased that the Executive Board has endorsed our recommendation to select Don Fehr as our new Executive Director and we look forward to our fellow members voting on this important matter," said Schneider.
Fehr, 62, joined the Major League Baseball Players Association as its General Counsel in 1977, and served as the MLBPA Executive Director for 26 years until he stepped down in December, 2009.