Posted October 08, 2018 06:37:32An architect who was in the final stages of negotiating a contract with the NHL has found work as an advisor to the league on salary cap matters.
Jared Smith worked for an unnamed construction firm in Toronto for a month and a half.
He has not revealed the details of his role.
He did not respond to a request for comment.
The construction firm had agreed to hire Smith for two months for “non-work related matters,” the NHL confirmed on Wednesday.
Smith’s work is part of a growing trend of the NHL to hire former government officials, government contractors and political consultants for work that would otherwise go to full-time employees.
The league has hired former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul as an adviser to its salary cap discussions.
It’s not clear how many of the former government employees are paid by the NHL.
But it’s a significant increase from the league’s hiring of former Canadian officials and consultants in the past.
The NHL is in the midst of negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with players and management.
The players are seeking a raise in the minimum wage and increased protections for unionized workers.