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 remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic