Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against NHL players' union chief

[JURIST] A federal judge in Chicago has dismissed [NHLPA press release] a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] filed by a group of NHL players against Ted Saskin, head of the National Hockey League Players' Association [organization website]. Judge Suzanne B. Conlon of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled Monday that since the NHLPA and most of the witnesses are based in Ontario, Canada, the suit should be brought there. Despite the dismissal, it's unlikely to be the end of the dispute. Both Chelios and Saskin are circulating recorded statements regarding the dispute [London Free Press report] to NHL players to gauge interest in a possible investigation into the actions of the NHLPA's executive board. AP has more.

The suit, filed by players Chris Chelios, Dwayne Roloson, and Trent Klattalleged, alleged improper actions by Saskin, including misappropriation of union money, claimed that Saskin was improperly elected to replace outgoing executive director Bob Goodenow, and called for Saskin's removal and several million dollars in damages.

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