ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun has obtained a letter sent by the NHLPA to a member of Canada's Parliament. Below is the unedited letter:
November 19, 2012
Dear Member of Parliament:
As the lockout approaches the eleventh week, I wanted to provide you with a brief update of the status of bargaining between the NHLPA and the NHL.
On October 26, 2012, the league officially informed the NHLPA that they had withdrawn their latest proposal and had cancelled regular season games until the end of November. This move was deeply disappointing for all hockey fans and everyone who makes their living from hockey, including the players. Since that time, the NHL has also cancelled the Winter Classic.