View Full Version : Mediator joins NHL talks; no disclaimer is filed by NHLPA

Coach Selly
01-03-2013, 08:18
Facing a firm deadline to forge a new collective bargaining agreement in time to start a 48-game season on Jan. 19 or risk losing another season to labor strife, representatives of the NHL and the players' association invited a federal mediator to rejoin them Wednesday for negotiations that went late into the night at the league's Manhattan offices.

Scot Beckenbaugh of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, who has mediated talks twice before, was present when the sides met past midnight Eastern time. They said Beckenbaugh urged them to meet again Thursday.

"As long as the process continues, I am hopeful," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters in New York.

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