TORONTO — The NHL Players' Assn. fired executive director Ted Saskin on Thursday, two months after placing him on a paid leave of absence following allegations that he and senior director Ken Kim read players' e-mails.
The union's executive board, made up of 30 player representatives and the six-member interim executive committee, voted to fire Saskin on a conference call.
"All I am going to say at this time is that I remain proud of all the work I did for NHL players over the last 16 years and particularly in negotiating the new CBA, which has been working out well," Saskin said. "I will work toward a fair resolution of my contractual rights with the NHLPA and wish them well in the future."
The NHLPA said it was considering its options with Kim, and would have no further comment at this time.
Saskin succeeded Bob Goodenow as executive director on July 28, 2005.
He was in the second year of a five-year deal reportedly worth $10 million.