NHLPA post draws crowd

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

More than 100 wannabe candidates have expressed some semblance of interest in becoming the head of the NHL Players' Association, AnaheimDucks defenceman Mathieu Schneider said yesterday.

If that, in fact, is the case, one question comes to mind.

What about Bob?

As in, Bob Goodenow.

Truth be told, Schneider, Chris Chelios and those others who are attempting to bring the union back to its lofty heights of the 1990s, do not expect Goodenow to return to his former job.

Having said that,Chelios feels the new executive director would be well served to bring many of Goodenow's leadership qualities to the table.

"I was a big Bob Goodenow fan," said Chelios yesterday, just minutes after the NHLPA's three-day general meetings had come to an end. "If we could find another Bob we'd be well off.

"If Bob put in his resume we'd consider it. But I think Bob wants to move on and we want to move on."

Schneider feels the new leader must share the same mandate that Goodenow harboured during his lengthy tenure as the union's executive director.

"When you compare Bob to Ted (Saskin) or (Alan) Eagleson, the thing about Bob was that he always looked out for the best interests of the players. Always," Schneider said.

Chelios said a new executive director could be in place within two months, although nothing is etched in stone. A short list of about 20 serious candidates is said to be in place.

Whomever lands the job, they will find the position likely will have less authority than in the past.

"The 30 player reps will run the program," said Eric Lindros, a member of the union's search committee.

"Below it will be the executive director and general counsel."

Lindros said the union's new constitution, which is in the works, already has about 15 pages, some 13 more than the previous document.


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