Lindros appointed to NHLPA's new ombudsman position

11/11/2007 - NHL

TORONTO -- Eric Lindros became the NHL Players'
Association's new ombudsman Sunday, three days after he retired
from the sport.

As ombudsman, a position created under the recently ratified
NHLPA constitution, Lindros will serve as a non-voting member of
the executive board and will supervise and coordinate the
activities of the divisional player representative program.

"I have a tremendous amount of pride in this association, and a
great respect for the likes of Ted Lindsay, Carl Brewer and the
many other principled individuals who helped create opportunities
for players like myself," Lindros said. "To be chosen as the
players' ombudsman is quite an honor, and I look forward to working
hard for the membership as we enter what promises to be an exciting
era for the NHLPA."

Lindros retired Thursday in his hometown of London, ending a
career derailed by a series of concussions and other injuries.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound power forward had 372 goals, 865 points
and 1,398 penalty minutes in 760 games for Philadelphia, Toronto,
the New York Rangers and Dallas.

He won the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1995 and was part of the
Canadian Olympic team that won gold in 2002. He also won silver for
Canada in 1992.

The 34-year-old center made it through 13 seasons despite the
concussions and other injuries that eventually limited his playing
time. The injuries restricted him to an average of only 58 games a

The union also promoted associate counsel Ian Penny to general