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Meet the 64-Year-Old Centering the NHL Player Bottom Line

There are a couple of noteworthy LA tidbits in Bill Shaikin‘s great profile of NHL players’ association executive director Donald Fehr.

In the 1930s, Fehr’s grandfather owned a clothing store on what is now the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, but was forced by the Great Depression to close up shop and move back to Indiana. Then there’s this reminder that the 64-year-old Fehr is someone who does not concern himself with how fans and media view an ongoing NHL lockout:

“He is as impervious to media criticism as anyone I’ve ever met,” said Dodgers president Stan Kasten, a friend of both Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

Kasten knows Fehr from the latter’s long, previous tenure as head of the Major League Baseball players’ union. Shaikin does a great job of juxtaposing tales from the 1994-95 baseball strike with challenges currently on the NHL bargaining table. All in all, a  great read.

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