It was confirmed today that the NHL delivered a new proposal to the NHLPA via email on Thursday afternoon.
“In light of media reports this morning, I can confirm that we delivered to the union a new, comprehensive proposal for a successor CBA late yesterday afternoon. We are hopeful that once the union’s staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible.” — NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly
It is reported that the NHL would like to have an agreement in place by January 11, which would lead to a 48-game regular season beginning on January 19.
With the lockout in its 104th day, will fans soon have hockey back again? Or is that even the right question to ask?
Our friends at All Habs Hockey Magazine continue to report on the AHL, CHL, NCAA and prospects playing in Europe. Right now All Habs is featuring coverage of the World Junior Hockey Championships — the interest in the tournament has never been greater.
Hockey doesn’t disappear from our consciousness just because of a labour dispute between selfish players and greedy owners. Take a minute to watch a clip of 7-year-old minor hockey league players suiting up to help remind yourself what this great game is really all about. Then grab a stick and head to the rink or make a point of attending games in your community.
The video was created by the RBC “Play Hockey” program.
“As long as there are kids across the country playing the game they love, hockey never stops.”