The union said Saturday it has accepted the recommendation of its search committee and will put Fehr. to a vote among its membership.
Players are expected to vote following individual team meetings during training camp this month and early into the regular season. Members also will vote on various amendments to the NHLPA constitution.
Fehr said ultimately his fate rests with the players.
“If they feel comfortable about that (search committee recommendation) then I assume that will suggest they ought to vote to ratify the recommendation the board has made,” he said. “If they don’t then that would suggest the opposite.
“It’s the players’ judgment to make.”
The collective bargaining agreement between the NHLPA and the league is set to expire in September 2012.
The 62-year-old Fehr has been serving as an unpaid NHLPA consultant since November.
“It was not something I expected,” Fehr said. “It was something that came out of the processes and is what the player members of the committee thought was the best choice after evaluating the entire circumstances.
“It was a bit of a surprise to me. It was not what I expected to happen.”
If Fehr becomes the NHLPA’s executive director, he’ll take over an organization that’s been plagued by turmoil and uncertainty in recent years. The union has had four different leaders since the end of the 2004-‘05 lockout.
“You bargain in good faith and you do everything you can to try and reach an agreement,” he said. “You only come to it if you believe that the issues require it and there are no other viable options available to you.
“That was always the case in baseball and that’s the philosophy that I would bring to representing hockey players or representing union members in any other industry. I would hope and I am prepared to assume unless and until events suggest otherwise that people we’re negotiating with view a lockout and a work stoppage also as a last resort.”View Entire Story
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