NHL Union Names Labor Secretary Marty Walsh Executive Director

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Former Boston mayor, Marty Walsh, will be leaving his post as the U.S. Secretary of Labor to take on the role of executive director of the National Hockey League Players' Association.

The NHLPA announced he was unanimously appointed on Thursday and will step into the new position in mid-March.

“I am honored to have been selected as the Executive Director of the NHLPA. In accepting this offer I am committing to do all that I can to advocate on players’ behalf,” Marty Walsh said in a statement to the NHLPA. “My years of experience in the labor movement and in public life has taught me that the job is never about me. It’s about us. It’s about the people we serve. So I look forward to working with players and the NHLPA staff to make the NHLPA the best and most effective team we can be to advance and protect the interests of our players and their families.”

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Walsh will be stepping down from his position as the highest-ranking labor official in the government, making him the first of President Biden's cabinet secretaries to leave the administration.

Walsh succeeds Don Fehr, who held the position from December 2010 to the spring of last year.

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