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Larmer quits NHLPA

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:48 AM ET

The credibility of the NHL Players' Association has taken another hit.

Steve Larmer, the union's director of player relations, resigned yesterday from a post he has held with the NHLPA for seven years because he doesn't like the direction that has been taken in the last five months.

In a scathing resignation letter -- obtained by the Sun -- to executive director Ted Saskin, Larmer compared what has happened with the way the NHLPA is being operated to the Alan Eagleson era.

Larmer said he doesn't like the process the executive committee used to hire Saskin as Bob Goodenow's replacement in July and doesn't believe the organization is being run in the best interests of the players.

"I feel I must resign. I am resigning because this organization has taken a giant step backwards, back to the days of Eagleson era where a select few made decisions for the group," wrote Larmer.

'DENIAL OF INFORMATION'

"Where there has been misinformation and denial of information to the players which is totally disrespectful. This is something that I and many others worked so hard to get rid of in our organization and it has all returned.

"Honesty and transparency should be the foundation of the organization and that has been torn away.

"What has taken place since (Goodenow) was let go is unacceptable. No matter how you look at it, it shows total disregard for all of the players," wrote Larmer.

"An organization has to be governed by its constitution and bylaws. When it is not, it becomes self-serving. When (Goodenow) was asked to step down in late July, some members of the executive committee hired (Saskin) right away. They did so relying on information given to them by (Saskin)."

Saskin, who responded late last night, disagreed with Larmer's assessment.

"I received an e-mail (yesterday) from Steve Larmer stating that he was resigning from the NHLPA," Saskin said in a statement. "I find this very unfortunate since he has not received accurate information on recent events and has never discussed any of his concerns with me or other executive committee members before he decided to resign.

"Steve is obviously entitled to his own opinions, and while I don't agree with his stated reasons for his resignation, I certainly respect his right to do so."

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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