July 28, 2005

Union boss Goodenow quits after lockout resolved

TORONTO (Reuters) - Bob Goodenow quit as executive director
of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA)
Thursday, less than a week after the union and league agreed to
a labor deal that ended a season-long lockout.

Goodenow said in a statement: "I am fortunate to have had
the opportunity to serve the players over the past 15 years and
to have had the support of a tremendous staff at the NHLPA."

Goodenow, who led the union's negotiations, had three years
remaining on his contract.

During a news conference last week to announce the players'
ratification of the deal, Goodenow had said he was prepared to
fulfil the rest of his contract.

"I don't see any changes ahead," Goodenow said at the time.
"I enjoy my work, I have a contract and I intend to abide by it

The players have voted to ratify a new collective
bargaining agreement with the league that limits total player
salaries to 54 percent of league revenue, essentially a salary
cap that many of them had been opposed to.

Support for the new agreement ended a lockout that led to
the cancellation of the 2004-05 season in February. The NHL
became the first North American professional sports league to
lose a season because of a labor dispute.

The NHLPA said Ted Saskin, its senior director of business
affairs and licensing, would replace Goodenow.