The National Hockey League's Board of Governors and the NHL Officials' Association completed the ratification process Wednesday on a new four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement. The deal will run through the 2013-14 season.
"We are pleased to have reached a new agreement with our officials," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. "We look forward to working closely will our officials to ensure that the quality of our game continues to be the best that it can be."
"NHL officials are the best in the world and will continue to bring their dedication to ensuring a quality on-ice product," said Harry Radomski, Executive Director of the NHLOA. "These negotiations have been reflective of the relationship between the NHLOA and NHL which is characterized by a mutual desire for what is best for the game."
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh