This may fall into the department of “give us a break.”
From the NHL:
STATEMENT FROM JEREMY JACOBS, OWNER OF THE BOSTON BRUINS AND
CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
NEW YORK (January 9, 2013) — Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Boston
Bruins and Chairman of the National Hockey League Board of Governors, today
made the following statement announcing ratification of the new Collective
Bargaining Agreement with the National Hockey League Players’ Association:
“On behalf of the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors, I am
pleased to report that today we unanimously voted to ratify a new
Collective Bargaining Agreement with the National Hockey League Players’
Association. Which means, to our fans all around the globe, hockey is back.
“This great game has been gone for far too long, and for that we are
“The Board today also expressed its appreciation for the
professionalism and commitment, to our clubs and to the sport, that
Commissioner Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Daly displayed throughout this
difficult period. Gary, Bill and their staff worked tirelessly from long
before the lockout began in an effort to reach a constructive conclusion.
Gary and Bill have the complete and unconditional support of the Board
and our gratitude.
“As our League moves toward what we know will be a period of growth
for the sport, and a time of great excitement and entertainment for our
fans, I would add the appreciation of the Board for the dedication the
players showed during the negotiating process and for their role in
securing an agreement that will move the National Hockey League forward in
the years ahead. There’s no doubt we all love this game.
“Together our collective future is extremely bright.
“Our only interest now is to look ahead and to focus on what this
great game can provide to the best sports fans in the world.”