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Mayfield: NHLPA trying to see if there's 'hole in the system'

Donald Fehr of the NHLPA at the Hockey

Donald Fehr of the NHLPA at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 14, 2016 in Toronto. Credit: Getty Images/Bruce Bennett

Defenseman Scott Mayfield along with Islanders captain Anders Lee participated in Monday’s NHL Players’ Association executive board teleconference in which executive director Don Fehr faced questions from membership over the union’s inaction in 2010 after allegations made by Chicago player Kyle Beach that he had been sexually assaulted by the team’s then-video coach.

Tuesday, Mayfield said the NHLPA is trying to figure out if "there is a hole in the system."

Fehr recommended an investigation by outside legal counsel to review the NHLPA’s response and Mayfield indicated that motion was approved after an executive board vote on Monday.

Lee is the Islanders’ player representative to the NHLPA.

"I was on the call yesterday as well," Mayfield said. "It’s a very tough situation. It’s something that never should have happened. I think everyone can say that. The biggest thing with the union is making sure if it could have been prevented. If there is a hole in the system, what went wrong and what needs to be done. That was what the call was about. They announced there will be an investigation within the union and that’s about it right now. It’s just a tough situation. It never should have happened and it’s pretty sad."

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