Glenn Healy Resigns as Director of Player Affairs of NHLPA

by NESN Staff

September 3, 2009

Things are only getting uglier at the NHLPA offices. Less than a week after the firing of executive director Paul Kelley, Glenn Healy has announced his resignation as director of player affairs.

Healy sent in his letter of resignation Thursday, citing that his credibility was undermined according to TSN, which obtained a copy of the letter.

The letter from Healy also stated that an Office Health Assessment report:

"Indicated that I have misled the players and do not tell them the full truth.  These accusations were made because of comments that I have made to players, in particular about Wayne Gretzky and his contributions and personal sacrifices for the Players' Association. When Wayne Gretzky joined our Group Licensing Agreement in 1992, it made the Players' Association millions of dollars, has allowed the PA to stand on its own, and allowed every player to prosper."

He added:

"Ian Penny, your Interim Executive Director and General Counsel, openly disagreed with my defence of Wayne Gretzky and proceeded to openly criticize Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux in front of the Executive Board, Advisory Board, Players' Association employees, the Ombudsman, and the great man who started this very association, Ted Lindsay. I would never and have not misled or told any untruths to any player.  I cannot sit back and continue to perform my duties when my Players' Association co-workers unjustifiably impugn my credibility in front of the players I represent and fire shots against Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, two of the greatest players in the game, who have benefited every player in this Players' Association."

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