NHLPA search committee set

The NHL Players’ Association executive board has picked players

Ryan Getzlaf, Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Rafalski, Brian Rolston

and Mathieu Schneider for a search committee seeking a new

executive director.

The five players will work with former baseball union head

Donald Fehr.

The NHLPA has gone through a turbulent period since former

executive director Paul Kelly was fired in August. Several others

left the organization in the wake of that move, including interim

executive director Ian Penny.

“These players recognize that this is a critical process, the

outcome of which will affect all current and future NHLPA members,”

Fehr said Wednesday. “I am confident that they will discharge this

responsibility in the thoughtful, careful and deliberate manner

that the circumstances require.”