Secretary Of Labor Marty Walsh Could Be Headed To NHLPA

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The National Hockey League Players Association has been in search of a new executive director and they’ve reportedly found one in U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh.

The NHLPA was scheduled to discuss Walsh’s appointment during meetings over the All-Star break. DailyFaceoff’s Frank Seravalli reported that sources told him Walsh would be the Players Association’s next executive director.

The 55-year-old was formerly the mayor of Boston from 2014 to 2021 at which point he joined the Biden administration. He was reportedly the NHLPA search committee’s top choice to replace outgoing executive director Donald Fehr.

He is expected to be unanimously approved by the NHLPA’s 32 team player representatives.

Of course, Walsh currently has a gig, and any news of his official appointment to the head of the NHLPA won’t come until after Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

Seravalli reports that Walsh became a possible candidate somewhat recently. Despite the NHLPA’s search taking 10 months, Walsh only came into the picture in the last three weeks or so. That was only after he turned down interest from the firm handling the search, Russell Reynolds Associates.

Walsh could make a good bit of money if he takes on the position. According to Daily Faceoff, he’d make $3 million a year and would likely live in Boston. He would not relocate to Toronto where the NHLPA offices are located.

One eyebrow-raising aspect of the appointment is Walsh’s connections to Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. Walsh was a Bruins season ticket holder — and thrown out multiple times for excessive alcohol consumption — and Jacobs donated to his political campaigns.

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Written by Matt Reigle

Matt is a University of Central Florida graduate and a long-suffering Philadelphia Flyers fan living in Orlando, Florida. He can usually be heard playing guitar, shoe-horning obscure quotes from The Simpsons into conversations, or giving dissertations to captive audiences on why Iron Maiden is the greatest band of all time.

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