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NHLPA announces 31-player negotiating committee

Jun 27, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

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In advance of negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, the NHL Players’ Association has named its Negotiating Committee, a 31-player panel representing a cross-section of all union members.

The players are as follows:

Craig Adams (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Adrian Aucoin (Phoenix Coyotes)
Alex Auld (Ottawa Senators)
David Backes (St. Louis Blues)
Marty Biron (New York Rangers)
Brad Boyes (Buffalo Sabres)
Chris Campoli (Montreal Canadiens)
B.J. Crombeen (St. Louis Blues)
Mathieu Darche (Montreal Canadiens)
Rick DiPietro (New York Islanders)
Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes)
Brandon Dubinsky (New York Rangers)
Ruslan Fedotenko (New York Rangers)
Alex Goligoski (Dallas Stars)
Ron Hainsey (Winnipeg Jets)
Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia Flyers)
Jamie Langenbrunner (St. Louis Blues)
Manny Malhotra (Vancouver Canucks)
Steve Montador (Chicago Blackhawks)
Dominic Moore (San Jose Sharks)
Brendan Morrison (Chicago Blackhawks)
Douglas Murray (San Jose Sharks)
George Parros (Anaheim Ducks)
Chris Phillips (Ottawa Senators)
Cory Schneider (Vancouver Canucks)
John Tavares (New York Islanders)
Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
Kevin Westgarth (Los Angeles Kings)
Dan Winnik (San Jose Sharks)
James Wisniewski (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings)

Note: more players may be added to the negotiating committee at a later date.

“It’s great to see that so many Players have chosen to participate in bargaining and get involved in the important work ahead for their Association,” NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr said in a statement. “I’m certain this group of Players and all Players who will be attending bargaining sessions will do a great job.”


— Nineteen of the league’s 30 teams are represented on the panel. Teams without a representative are Boston, New Jersey, Florida, Washington, Calgary, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Minnesota, Toronto and Edmonton.

— At 21, Tavares is the youngest player on the committee.

— At 38, Aucoin is the oldest.

James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail points out that Aucoin, Auld, Biron, Boyes, Campoli, Doan, Fedotenko, Langenbrunner, Moore, Morrison, Parros and Winnik are all pending UFAs.

— Fedotenko (Ukraine), Zetterberg and Murray (Sweden) are the only non-North Americans on the committee.

— Brainiacs: Parros and Westgarth went to Princeton, Moore and Adams went to Harvard, Murray went to Cornell and Darche won the Dr. Randy Gregg Award at McGill.

  1. tonyp13 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Might as well be 30…how long before DiPietro gets hurt and has to leave?

    • hystoracle - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      The Wound!!!! The Wound!!! (just don’t tell him the spoon is dirty too.)

    • challer9 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      Damn, it’s not often the first person to comment is the winner. Nice work.

    • govtminion - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      “That is the single nastiest paper cut I have ever seen, Rick. Why were your pants down in the first place?”

      • danphipps01 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        Pure gold.

  2. mickeyb21 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Too lazy to figure it out, but does anyone know how many of those guys attended college? Not that it really matters all that much, but I saw some Harvard and Princeton guys there. Just curious.

    • miketoasty - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      I know Craig Adams went to Harvard being that it is the only thing the Pens announcers have to say about him when he does something good.

      • ron05342 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        Westgarth attended Princeton and hardly played under Sutter, and didn’t play at all in the entire SC Playoffs for the Kings.

      • Doesnotmatter - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:46 AM

        Not because he went to Princeton. There was just no room in the line up after the Kings called up King and Nolan. He’ got 2 more years on his contract but I doubt he’s going to play another game in the NHL. He doesn’t have the necessary skill level. And he’s been reluctant to fight after he got beat up by John Scott.

  3. govtminion - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Wasn’t there an article earlier saying Ovechkin was there as well?

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      i thought I saw that too

    • nhlobsessed - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Ovechkin was at the NHLPA Player’s meeting in Chicago (along with about 54 other players). Those meetings were essentially to fill in the players on the issues the NHLPA wants to address and to allow the players to voice their thoughts and concerns leading up to negotiations.

      This list is of the 31 players who will be directly involved in the negotiations with the NHL/owners.

  4. jimw81 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    wow, cindy crosby is so involve in the cba talks.

    • miketoasty - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Read the comment directly above yours. He was in a previous meeting that was just talks.

      Oh and nice grammar, punctuation, well basically congrats on butchering the English language.

  5. highlander24 - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Westgarth is a beast! GKG!

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