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Donald Fehr

NHLPA executive director

During his quarter century heading MLB's players union average salaries grew from $289,000 to $3.2 million. In two years as executive director of the NHLPA, Fehr, 64, has already extracted concessions from management. (Is the NBA next?) Clever, calculating and as persistent as a toothache, Fehr inspires fear and loathing among owners -- but athletes are lucky to have him on their side.
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