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Associated Press
Oct 2, 2006


CHICAGO (AP) -Detroit Red Wings star Chris Chelios and other members of the NHL Players' Association asked a federal court Monday to help them oust the union's executive director and award them millions of dollars in damages.

The lawsuit filed in Chicago said executive director Ted Saskin and others "flouted the constitution and governing law to maintain their control" over the union.

Besides seeking a court order allowing them to remove Saskin, the unhappy members asked for unspecified millions of dollars in damages and punitive damages.

"Unfortunately, this lawsuit has become necessary after months of stonewalling by the union," Chelios said in statement. "On behalf of more than 100 NHL players, we continue to seek full disclosure by the NHLPA of the events leading up to Bob Goodenow's departure and the hijacking of the union by a handful of other players.

"We have repeatedly requested that Mr. Saskin agree to an investigation by an impartial third party and he has steadfastly refused to do so. We simply want to eliminate fraud within the players' union and restore democracy as provided by our constitution."

In Toronto, union spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon said: "The NHLPA has not been served with a complaint but we're confident that these reported allegations are without merit." He declined further comment.

A message was left at the office of Chicago attorney Richard L. Marcus, who filed the lawsuit.

The suit filed by Chelios, Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson and former player Trent Klatt represented the latest outbreak of internal bickering within the union that has been flaring since the lockout by owners that wiped out the 2004-05 season.

The lockout ended in June 2005 when the association accepted a collective bargaining agreement that for the first time contained a salary cap. The cap ran counter to the views that Goodenow expressed in dealing with the league on a contract.

Named as defendants were the NHLPA itself as well as Saskin and former union president Trevor Linden, fellow player Bill Guerin and former players Vincent Damphousse and Bob Boughner - all former members of the NHLPA's executive committee.

"It's the same tired old allegations that we've seen for a year now," Linden said Monday after finishing a practice with the Vancouver Canucks. "I'm tired of talking about it. The same allegations have been answered and explained. I think the players have a very good understanding of what went on and why."

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Saskin: Chelios lawsuit "without merit"

Canadian Press
10/3/2006 3:56:58 PM

TORONTO (CP) - The head of the NHL Players' Association says there is nothing to a lawsuit filed by a group of dissident players.

"The claims issued in the complaint are the same claims that have been made repeatedly over the last 13 months by this tiny group," Ted Saskin told The Canadian Press in an interview Tuesday. "These claims, including the offensive allegations of illegal conduct, are completely without merit as has already been demonstrated in many forums on a number of occasions."

The comments were the first in public by Saskin since the lawsuit was filed Monday.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. federal court by Detroit Red Wings defenceman Chris Chelios, Edmonton Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson and former player Trent Klatt.

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