Fehr blasts NHL over cancellations, non-negotiations


NHLPA Statement from Don Fehr re: NHL Game Cancellations

TORONTO (October 4, 2012) – Don Fehr, National Hockey League Players’ Association Executive Director, released the following statement regarding today’s decision by the NHL to cancel games through October 24, 2012:

“The decision to cancel the first two weeks of the NHL season is the unilateral choice of the NHL owners. If the owners truly cared about the game and the fans, they would lift the lockout and allow the season to begin on time while negotiations continue.  A lockout should be the last resort in bargaining, not the strategy of first resort.  For nearly 20 years, the owners have elected to lock-out the players in an effort to secure massive concessions.  Nevertheless, the players remain committed to playing hockey while the parties work to reach a deal that is fair for both sides. We hope we will soon have a willing negotiating partner.”


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  1. coos, your example on the prior post is an example of a subjective fan.

    I am a Giants fan, but by way of hating the Patriots, I am also a Jets fan. Similarly, I hope the Jets lose every game for the rest of the season. Once Revis went down, the season was essentially over. Changes need to be made. Sanchez isnt an NFL QB, Rex Ryan isnt a coach, and the GM needs to go too.

    Anyone with a basic understanding of psychology will tell you that no matter how much a fan tries to be objective, he simply cannot be objective.

  2. lets hope the oct 25th game gets cancelled as well. who the hell wants to start the season in pittsburgh. no thanks.

    what a del zaster this is. hey at least no 8 game road trip to start the season and more time for gabby to recover.

  3. there’s not a prayer that this could get done while they play and everybody gets paid, Meshuggah. There needs to be leverage to get something done, especially something so contentious as this. if they can’t bargain now, why would you expect they could bargain under status-quo?

    they couldn’t.

  4. Like I said before, Buttman and the owners don’t know who there dealing with, this isn’t the same type guy who lead the players when they were locked out in 2004. Fehr is a hard nose negotiator and won’t take any crap. The owners and buttman better be careful or they are going to damage the nhl for a long time. Buttman was always talking about how they wanted to expand the fan base, well, you can forget about expanding the fan base because the NHL is going to lose the die hard hockey fans and ruin the league and all because Buttman wanted to expand the league with more teams in areas that aren’t hockey towns, therefore owners losing money while they still gave enormous contracts out and now they want the money back, incompetent idiots.

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