What Ron Hainsey did, he did for his fellow players and for the game of hockey.
There wasn't much in terms of personal gain for the Winnipeg Jets
defenceman and, in fact, the downside has been both real and damaging.
Hainsey's work for the NHLPA, stepping forward into a role of
leadership during the recent lockout, took courage, commitment and
dedication. It was a mostly thankless job but one Hainsey took on anyway
and executed in an effective manner. Hainsey was an architect of the
agreement reached that will provide a 10-year solution and got the game
back on the ice.