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NHLPA names inaugural eight-man advisory board of directors

TORONTO - The NHL Players' Association will have no shortage of qualified help at its disposal thanks to a new advisory board.

The union announced its inaugural panel of advisers on Thursday. The group includes former Canadian Auto Workers Union president Buzz Hargrove and former Molson CEO Dan O'Neill.

It's also comprised of two other longtime executives (Ron Lloyd, Ian Troop), two former NHLers (Steve Larmer, Ken Baumgartner) and two lawyers (Ron Pink, George Cohen).

"We are pleased to welcome these eight distinguished professionals as members of the new NHLPA advisory board," said Paul Kelly, the union's executive director. "The advisory board was a significant addition to the new constitution and will serve as a valuable resource for the NHLPA's executive board and to the management team of the NHLPA."

The formation of the advisory board completes the NHLPA's organizational restructuring, which was revised under terms of the union's new constitution.

The members of the advisory board will meet at least twice per year and are expected to take part in other meetings that pertain to their field of expertise.

Each board member will serve a term of three years that is subject to extension.

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