Labor board in Canada rules lockout can continue

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012
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"In the meantime, the players want to play, the fans want to watch the game, and the many workers and business owners who are dependent on NHL hockey for their livelihood want the season to start. We remain committed to reaching a fair agreement at the earliest possible time and hope that the NHL begins to show a willingness to do so."

The lockout began on Sept. 15.

"We are pleased with the Alberta Labor Board's ruling today that the lockout of players is effective on a league-wide basis, including in Alberta, and we are extremely appreciative of the decisive manner in which the matter was handled," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.

"We are hopeful that this ruling will enable both the league and the NHL Players' Association to focus all of our efforts and energies on negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement in order to get our game and our players back on the ice."



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