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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

nhl- Agent blames NHLPA

from the Philadelphia Inquirer (Wed. edition) via the Mercury News, Patrick Ducharme, the former agent for Flyers player representative Robert Esche, has placed the blame for the NHL lockout squarely on the shoulders of the NHL Players' Association, and specifically executive director Bob Goodenow.
"I told the NHLPA that the whole impasse was created by their irresponsibility and their incompetence," Ducharme said in a phone interview Monday.
Ducharme refused to reapply for certification with the NHLPA by the mandatory date of May 27. In an e-mail to the association one day earlier, he called it "bereft of competent leadership."
"I choose not to belong to an association led by the people that presently lead the NHLPA," he wrote in an e-mail to Ian M. Penny, associate counsel of the NHLPA.
Ducharme said he hasn't heard from the NHLPA since. Efforts to reach Penny this week have been on...