Judge dismisses suit against NHLPA

Updated: January 22, 2007, 8:47 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Detroit Red Wings star Chris Chelios and other members of the NHL Players' Association in an attempt to oust the union's executive director.

U.S. District Judge Suzanne B. Conlon ruled Monday in favor the NHLPA, agreeing with the union that Ontario, not Illinois, was the proper place for the suit. The NHLPA is based in Ontario and most of the witnesses live there.

"We are obviously pleased that the court granted our motions to dismiss this lawsuit," NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin said. "We have consistently told Chris Chelios and his lawyers that if they insist on pursuing his baseless claims, they should do so in Ontario."

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

An after-hours telephone call to Richard L. Marcus, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Chelios and the other players, was not immediately returned.

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