The game is played on ice and soon this year’s entire National Hockey League season could be on ice as well. The NHL and its owners are locked in a bitter battle of wills with the players’ association over how to implement a new collective bargaining agreement. The major roadblock is a possible cap on player’s salaries, which the NHL wants and which the players say they will never accept. If the two sides can’t find common ground within the next month or so, it appears the NHL will become the first North American sports league to cancel a full season because of a labor dispute.
And while that news may be met with a collective shrug among sports fans in many places already turning their attention to pro basketball and the approaching NFL play-offs, in Canada, and especially Montreal, the prospect of a year without pro hockey is far more troublesome.
Mitch Wertlieb talks with Paul Graif, who covers sports for Global Television in Montreal, about the strike. (To hear the interview, click on the “Listen” icon.)