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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
NHLPA appoints a new general counsel

The NHL Players' Association announced Wednesday that it has appointed Don Zavelo as its general counsel.

Here are more details from the union's official press release:

Zavelo joins the NHLPA from the New York office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) where he worked for over 30 years, including most recently as the Deputy Regional Attorney. During his time at the NLRB, Zavelo was in charge of directing unfair labor practice investigations as well as the trial work performed by the NLRB's New York attorneys and investigators.

"I am pleased to have Don Zavelo on board in this very important role for the NHLPA. His vast knowledge, legal expertise and experience will serve our membership well," said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director.

As the NHLPA's General Counsel, Zavelo will direct the Association's legal affairs. In this role, Zavelo will handle player grievances, administer the labor agreement on behalf of the players, and participate in the upcoming collective bargaining process.

"I look forward to joining the NHLPA in this capacity," said Zavelo, the NHLPA's new General Counsel. "Following my many years of experience with the NLRB, I am pleased to have this new opportunity to join the NHLPA staff and aid them in serving the membership."

Zavelo will begin his new role with the NHLPA in mid-October, at the Association's office in Toronto.