Paul Kelly, given the heave-ho Aug. 31 as boss of the NHL Players Association, will be named again as an executive director Tuesday afternoon in a news conference held in the shadows of Harvard Stadium.
But this time, Kelly will be named executive director of College Hockey Inc. His mission: raise the profile of Division 1 NCAA hockey and spread the word, mainly to US and Canadian-born youngsters, that the college game is a viable alternative, if not a preferred option, to playing major junior hockey in Canada. It can also be the route to the NHL.
Paul Kelly, the one time head of the NHL Players Association, has resigned his post as Executive Director of College Hockey Inc.
College Hockey Inc. was created two years ago by the Hockey Commissioners Association to be the marketing and educational arm of college hockey. The hiring of Kelly made an immediate splash in hockey circles because of his name.
Kelly could not be reached for comment. The commissioners put out only a brief release.
“The HCA would like to thank Paul for his service to CHI and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” HCA President, and ECAC commissioner, Steve Hagwell said in the statement.
However, the statement also said that the commissioners may choose to "chart a different course" for the position. The HCA has not said anything about a replacement, but may hire someone in the interim.