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NHLPA forms search committee

TORONTO -- The NHL Players' Association executive board has picked players Ryan Getzlaf, Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Rafalski, Brian Rolston and Mathieu Schneider for a search committee seeking a new executive director.

The five players will work with former baseball union head Donald Fehr.

The NHLPA has gone through a turbulent period since former executive director Paul Kelly was fired in August. Several others left the organization in the wake of that move, including interim executive director Ian Penny.

"These players recognize that this is a critical process, the outcome of which will affect all current and future NHLPA members," Fehr said Wednesday. "I am confident that they will discharge this responsibility in the thoughtful, careful and deliberate manner that the circumstances require."