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1/25/2007 7:35:53 PM

A timeline of events in the NHLPA's internal dispute By The Canadian Press.

July 13, 2005 - NHL lockout ends after six-year collective bargaining agreement is reached.

July 21, 2005 - NHLPA ratifies CBA.

July 28, 2005 - Bob Goodenow resigns after 15 years as NHLPA executive director; Ted Saskin takes over.

Aug. 31, 2005 - NHLPA's executive board, comprised of seven executive committee members and 30 players reps, votes to approve a five-year deal for Saskin; some players make first public complaints.

Sept. 2, 2005 - Dissident group emerges, complaining that Saskin vote was done via conference call and not by secret ballot, against the union's bylaws, and that his hiring was improper.

Sept. 12, 2005 - NHLPA agrees to new vote to ratify Saskin's selection, this time by secret ballot.

Sept. 28, 2005 - Dissident group files charge with the U.S.-based National Labor Relations Board against Saskin's hiring.

Nov. 19, 2005 - Steve Larmer resigns as the union's director of player relations, saying Saskin had led the NHLPA back to the days of Alan Eagleson.

Nov. 21, 2005 - Dissident group's complaint goes before National Labor Relations Board in New York. Eleven of 12 complaints subsequently dropped with one issue - on the release of some letters - remains unresolved.

Nov. 25, 2005 - NHLPA announces that with partial re-vote results in from the 37-member executive board, 85 per cent backed Saskin.

Dec. 20, 2005 - NHLPA announces that with final votes in, 28 of 37 ballots were returned, with 24 confirming Saskin's hiring.

Jan. 23, 2006 - U.S. Department of Labor decides it won't look into complaints because NHLPA isn't in its jurisdiction.

July 11, 2006 - Linden steps down as NHLPA president during union meeting in Whistler, B.C., that is thought to end infighting.

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