Marty Walsh Compares His New Role With The NHL To Being The Mayor
Former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is now in a position where his passions collide. From 2014 to 2021, he was the city’s Mayor, but he’s been a Bruins fan forever. Now, Mayor Walsh is sharing how his new role with the NHL Players Association is much like being the Mayor of Boston.
Walsh was a top advisor to President Joe Biden as the Secretary of Labor. Then, Walsh had the opportunity to apply his professional administration skills to hockey. This past February, Walsh officially accepted the role of the Executive Director of the NHL Players Association.
“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,” Walsh said in a statement, reported by Forbes. “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.”
Three Months In
As the second quarter of 2023 winds down, Mayor Walsh discussed his first three months with NHLPA. “This job is more like being the mayor,” Walsh said in an interview with The Associated Press during the Stanley Cup Finals.
Walsh’s new role with the NHL allows him to be a trusted advisor, leader, and voice for the players. One of his first plans of action was to get a feel for how the Arizona Coyote players were doing. Due to a failed stadium proposal, the team has to play its second season in the Arizona State University stadium. It only holds roughly 5,000 people.
Moreover, Boston.com reported that Walsh is in a fast-paced environment with the NHLPA. Similar to his approach as Mayor, he wants to make sure the player’s voices are heard.
“One thing I’ve learned quickly is that this truly is a union because every player has a different concern,” Walsh said via Boston.com. “And I think it’s important for me to get to know the membership so I can represent them the best I can, understanding the challenges they have.”