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Let’s play hockey! NHL, NHLPA strike tentative deal to end lockout

Jan 6, 2013, 7:02 AM EST

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It took millions of dollars in lost revenue and paychecks, but early this morning in New York the NHL and NHLPA struck a tentative deal to end the league’s lockout that had been in place since Sept. 15.

“Don Fehr and I are here to tell you that we have reached an agreement on the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the details of which need to be put to paper,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters after a marathon bargaining session.

“We have to dot a lot of I’s and cross a lot of T’s. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the basic framework has been agreed upon. We have to go through a ratification process and the Board of Governors has to approve it from the league side and, obviously, the players have to approve it as well.

“We are not in a position to give you information right now about schedule, when we are starting. It’s early in the morning and we have been at this all day and all night, obviously. But, we will be back to you very shortly, hopefully, later today with more information in that regard.

“I would be remiss if we didn’t think thank Scot Beckenbaugh, the deputy director of the FMCS (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service) in the United States, for his assistance in the mediation process, and I want to thank [NHLPA executive director] Don Fehr, because he and the players’ association, as well as the people that work with me at the league went through a long, tough period, and we still have more work to do, but it’s good to be at this point.”

Added Fehr while standing beside Bettman: “Hopefully within a very few days, the fans can get back to watching people who are skating, not the two of us.”

Much, much more to come…

 

  1. schlitzy - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    I’m thrilled the lockout has finally ended and can’t wait to watch some games on TV. But my own personal lockout will continue until the start of the 2013-2014 season. For the remainder of this season I will continue to lockout anything NHL related that I have to spend money on. I will not let the joy of having hockey back let me forget the frustration I’ve felt for the past 3 months.

    • capsrockva - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      For a hockey fan just watch

    • kurtsmommy - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      who could possibly ‘thumbs down’ this post? back it up with some fluffy words, trolls.

  2. capsrockva - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Hopefully the season starts soon. GO Caps now I’ve got 2 winning teams to watch

  3. northstars17 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    YOU’RE WELC0ME FOLKS!

    my insiders are telling me that my influence on PHT actually had something to do with ending the lockout. I didnt believe it myself until I got a text from a very respected PLAYER who thanked me for my contributions.

    Guess a few of my direct posts were acknowledged by the League and they weren’t too happy about the FANS optimism rapidly dwindling!

    I’m not looking for any fame nor fortune, but let you always remember my contributions to ending the lockout.

    Enjoy the Hockey season fans!

  4. kurtsmommy - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    too little, tooooo late. millionaires vs. billionaires mean only the fans are hurt. will the cup include an asterisk this year?

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