Bob Goodenow

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Robert W. "Bob" Goodenow (born October 29, 1952 in Dearborn, Michigan) is an American lawyer who served as Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players Association from 1992 until his resignation on July 28, 2005.

Goodenow graduated from Harvard University in 1974 and from the University of Detroit Law School in 1979.

Goodenow succeeded Alan Eagleson as the head of the NHLPA in 1992 upon Eagleson's resignation. In Goodenow's first couple months on the job, he led the players out on a 10-day strike on the eve of the Stanley Cup playoffs.[1]

Two years later, Goodenow and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman oversaw a 103-day lockout that lasted from October 1, 1994 to January 11, 1995.

Goodenow was also the NHLPA's Executive Director during the 2004–2005 labor dispute, which resulted in the cancellation of the 2004–05 NHL season. [2] A tentative agreement was reached on July 13, 2005.

On July 28, 2005, Goodenow was asked to step down as NHLPA chief and was replaced by Ted Saskin, NHLPA Senior Director of Business Affairs and Licensing and the head negotiator during the CBA contract talks. This resignation came less than two weeks after the NHL and the NHLPA came to the new CBA.

On December 15, 2007, TSN reported that Goodenow had been hired by Russian businessman Alexander Medvedev to help in the creation of a European hockey league to rival the NHL.[3] The Kontinental Hockey League was eventually formed a year later.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 1973–74 [4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-27. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
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  4. ^ "ECAC All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
Preceded by
Alan Eagleson
NHLPA Executive Director
Succeeded by
Ted Saskin