PHPA Announces Additions to Executive Committee

Author: Darryl Dionne, PHPA Director of Communications and Business Development
Date: Dec 8, 2017

(Niagara Falls, ON) The Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA) is pleased to announce that five (5) players have been added to the 2017-18 PHPA Executive Committee.

Bracken Kearns (Belleville Senators), Travis Morin (Texas Stars), and Vincent LoVerde (Toronto Marlies), who were elected as Alternates at the 50th Annual Meeting of Player Representatives in June, will join Chris Breen (Providence Bruins), Michael Leighton (Chicago Wolves), and Mike McKenna (Texas Stars) on the American Hockey League Executive.

Elected Alternates Zach Miskovic (Indy Fuel) and Jamie Schaafsma (Fort Wayne Komets) have been added to the ECHL Executive and will serve alongside Darryl Bootland (Orlando Solar Bears), Joel Martin (Kalamazoo Wings), and Riley Weselowski (Rapid City Rush).

Members of the PHPA Executive Committee are elected from all Player Representatives at the Association’s Annual Meeting of Player Representatives and provide direction and oversight in dealing with various matters of importance to the PHPA and its Membership.  Elected Executives may serve three (3) seasons before having to be re-elected. 

“The Executive Committee is an integral aspect to the successful day to day operation of the PHPA.  I would like to thank the outgoing members, including Pierre-Luc LeBlond, Kyle MacKinnon, Max Fortunus, Tom Mele, Trevor Ludwig, and Ian Lowe for their guidance and dedication throughout the years, while welcoming the new additions, whom bring years of collective experience representing their fellow Members to the Executive Committee,” said PHPA Executive Director, Larry Landon.  “I look forward to working closely with these proactive young professionals as they further develop into leaders both on and off the ice.  Many past members of the PHPA Executive Committee have gone on to successful careers in the sport and business industries, using this valuable experience to help launch their post playing careers.” 

The PHPA officially launched its 50th Anniversary on June 17th, 2017 in Orlando, Florida during the Association’s Annual Meeting of Player Representatives.  The celebrations will continue throughout the 2017-18 season with various events and initiatives planned including a 50th Anniversary video, a 6-page feature in The Hockey News, as well as the raffle of a custom built Harley-Davidson motorcycle with all proceeds split between 5 charitable causes.


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