(NEW YORK) — Election Day was a busy one for the NHL, and they are going back for more time at the table. After a marathon negotiating session on Tuesday, the league and the NHL Player’s Association will sit down for another bargaining session in hopes of ending the lockout that has lasted seven weeks.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr is hopeful that progress can be made.
“The players’ view has always been to keep negotiating until we find a way to get an agreement and you sort of stay at it day by day, so it’s very good to be getting back to the table,” Fehr said. “And we hope that this time it produces more progress than we’ve seen in the past, and that we can find a way to make an agreement and to get the game back on the ice as soon as possible.”
The session on Tuesday marked the first formal negotiations since Oct. 18. All regular-season games have been cancelled through Nov. 30, as well as the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN