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NHL Alumni Association members miffed at director

Mark Napier poses in front of the Stanley Cup in a 2010 file photo. (VERONICA HENRI/QMI Agency)

Mark Napier poses in front of the Stanley Cup in a 2010 file photo. (VERONICA HENRI/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 8:43 PM ET

There may be some choice words thrown around next weekend in Toronto as the NHL Alumni Association holds a meeting with its members.

Some players feel alumni director Mark Napier is not being held accountable for his actions and want some changes.

"For the past 10 years Napier has been the director, we have no idea how he assumed that position, as we did not vote him in," Kurt Walker, a leader of the disgruntled group of former players, told the Denver Post.

"Why has it been set up to be run by executive committee only, where members have no say or voting power, allowing Napier to do anything he wants and answer to no one, as he has the past 10 years? This has members up in arms."

The group is also criticizing the alumni association for being too Toronto-centric, with no other arrangements either though Skype or telephone conference-call for those who can't afford to make the trip.

"If you don't live in Toronto, they just kind of turn a blind eye to you," former player Blaine Stoughton said. "We call it to 'Ontario Alumni Association.'"

Stoughton, who twice scored more than 5o goals with the Hartford Whalers and now lives in Cincinnati, is facing tough times financially and sought help from the group, only to "get the run-around."

But Napier, a former Montreal Canadiens forward, is happy to answer questions any member has -- even those critical of his leadership.

"I am very hopeful this meeting will address all of their concerns," Napier wrote in an email. "This meeting is just not for Kurt Walker and his little group, but for all of our members."

Walker said former players Ron Greschner, Walt McKechnie, Ian Turnbull, Tom Lysiak and Rene Robert will also attend the meeting to see if they can get any of their concerns heard.

"We know we're not going to get all the answers, but it had to start somewhere," Walker said.


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