Marty Walsh speaking at the Irish Echo Labor Awards Photo by Nuala Purcell.

Marty Walsh for NHL Union Job

BOSTON --- U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is expected to leave the Biden administration for a new job heading the National Hockey League players union.

The move is being widely reported, but as yet has not been confirmed.

One year ago rumor had it that Walsh would be leaving the Biden administration and returning to Massachusetts to run for governor. Instead, he threw his support behind Maura Healey, who assumed that position in November.

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A hockey-linked post would be a natural fit for Walsh.

A longtime Boston Bruins fan, who had years of experience as a union leader in Boston prior to becoming the city's mayor in 2014, and Labor Secretary in 2021, Walsh is easily seen as a top candidate to replace 74-year-old Donald Fehr as executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association.

The association is based in Toronto but reports indicate that Walsh would be mainly based in his native Boston. 

Walsh, 55, has not commented publicly about the speculation, but the NHLPA has confirmed that he is being considered for the post, which it hopes to fill by April at the latest when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin.

Various reports have individuals with apparent knowledge of Walsh's plans confirming that the Labor Secretary is ready to call it a day in Washington. 

Walsh still spends considerable time in Boston and stays at a hotel in Washington, D.C. in his role with the Biden administration.