Time for Donald Fehr to orchestrate NHLPA exit – The Athletic

Donald Fehr’s tenure as head of the NHL Players’ Association could be coming to an end before next season.

It seems increasingly obvious whether you’re talking to its detractors or its supporters.

Critics of Fehr hoped that independent scrutiny of the PA’s response to Kyle Beach’s sexual assault would lead to his immediate downfall. Beach’s allegations against former Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich led the team to make major changes to its front office after conducting its own investigation.

Instead, the NHLPA report released Friday by law firm Cozen O’Connor attempts to exonerate Fehr, the NHLPA’s executive director, of any individual wrongdoing.

Although I would strongly argue, despite what the report says, there was absolutely a systemic failure.

But the report could actually pave the way for Fehr now to produce a succession plan that will lead to new NHLPA leadership, which even his supporters are keen to see happen sooner rather than later.

To be clear, Fehr was pressured to come up with a succession plan even before this report was commissioned.

More on this succession plan in a moment.

First, the report, commissioned by the NHLPA last November regarding “communications with the NHLPA in 2010 and 2011 regarding (Brad) Aldrich and Beach’s reports of his behavior.

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