The National Hockey League Players’ Association is prepared to use Quebec labour law, if necessary, to try to prevent the National Hockey League and the Canadiens from locking out Habs players on Sept. 15.

And the NHLPA is ready to move this week in a bid to stop any lockout of Canadiens players, with the NHL being on record as saying unless a new collective agreement is in place by next Saturday, it will lock out players from all 30 league clubs and postpone the start of training camps and, likely, at least the start of the 2012-13 season.

At issue, according to the NHLPA, is that the players’ union is not a group certified by the Quebec Labour Board. The NHLPA adds that, under Quebec law, an employer – the Canadiens, in this case – cannot lock out employees – Habs players, in this case – unless they are represented by a union certified by the QLB.


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