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Sunday, July 10, 2005

mhl- Look in the Mirror

from Al Strachan and the Toronto Sun, In the years leading up to the National Hockey League lockout, Players' Association executive director Bob Goodenow visited every team at least once a year.
Often, obstacles were thrown in his way. Some player-representatives -- including the one in Toronto --were told that the meeting could not be held in the building. They would have to rent their own facility.
Sometimes, teams imposed schedule changes on the players to interfere with the union's plans.
But nevertheless, every year, with not a single exception, Goodenow met with every team to explain the bargaining strategy and to get the players' input.
So now, when players start to complain -- such as Sean Avery, saying he was brainwashed, and Manny Legace, saying the strategy was flawed -- you have to wonder where these people were when these advisory meetings were taking place.
In the case of most NHL teams, full attendance was the norm. Jaromir Jagr, another who has spoken out publicly against the NHLPA, was one of the few players who didn't bother to attend. Ditto -- in both cases -- for Tie Domi.
But for the most part, the players showed up at the meetings, listened attentively and asked pertinent questions.
With more than 650 players having been at those meetings, it's not too hard to find out what they were on...