Former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh could be getting new job leading NHLPA


The NHL Players' Association has been searching for new leadership since forming a committee to replace executive director Donald Fehr in April, and it appears they may be zeroing in on someone with Boston ties.

According to TSN's Darren Dreger, former Boston Mayor and current U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh is "believed to be the top candidate." The NHLPA board will meet Thursday to discuss and is then expected to hold a vote to decide if it will indeed go with Walsh.

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TSN's Chris Johnston adds that Walsh entered the NHLPA's search "relatively recently" but "quickly won support of the search committee."

Walsh has spent much of his career working with and leading unions, including serving as head of the Laborers' Union Local 223 and then the Boston Metropolitan District Building Trades Council.

NHL players have reportedly been unhappy with several aspects of Fehr's leadership in recent years, including the league's flat salary cap for the last three years, missing the last two Olympics, and the PA's handling of Kyle Beach's sexual assault allegations during his time with the Blackhawks.

The NHLPA will also be ramping up for the next round of negotiations on its collective bargaining agreement with the league. The current CBA expires after the 2025-26 season.

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