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NHL PLAYERS UNION TAPS LAWYER AS NEW DIRECTOR

The National Hockey League Players Association named Bob Goodenow Sunday to take over for Alan Eagleson as the union's executive director, unanimously ratifying the search committee's recommendation.

Goodenow, 37, an attorney, will understudy Eagleson, who has been under fire to step down because of conflict of interest with his roles as agent and international negotiator for Canada.

Goodenow will serve as Eagleson's deputy until Dec. 31, 1991, and will spearhead collective bargaining negotiations at the expiration of the present contract, after the 1990-91 season.

The players' search committee was chaired by association President Bryan Trottier of the New York Islanders, with Bobby Smith of the Montreal Canadiens and Kevin Dineen of the Hartford Whalers also playing major roles.

By the end of the year, Goodenow will cease to represent more than 20 NHL players.

"We are facing a great challenge as hockey heads into the 1990s, with many changes coming. It will be up to us to see that the players enjoy themselves and make a good living," Goodenow said.

"We will prepare diligently in the two years we have before negotiations and will listen to everyone. I'm not saying there will be a strike, but there is always the possibility. Free agency is one of the issues. I'm hoping the atmosphere of respect both the league and players association has for each other will continue."

Poulin expected to join Bruins

BOSTON -- Center Dave Poulin, who had been reluctant to leave the Philadelphia area after being traded by the Flyers, agreed to join the Boston Bruins after being offered a multiyear contract, a published report said Monday.

Poulin, 31, the Flyers' former captain, was acquired by the Bruins last week in a trade for center Ken Linseman and was to sign a new contract in Boston on Monday, the Boston Herald said.

The newspaper said Poulin, a two-time All-Star and 1986-87 winner of the Selke Award, wanted assurances he fit into team's long-term plans.

Poulin was expected to be in uniform Tuesday for the Bruins' game against the Quebec Nordiques, the Herald said.

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