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NHLPA hoping Quebec law keeps Habs players from being locked out

Sunday, 09.09.2012 / 9:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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NHLPA hoping Quebec law keeps Habs players from being locked out

MONTREAL - The NHL Players' Association is hoping that Quebec's labour laws will keep members of the Montreal Canadiens from being locked out by the league.

The team's players have hired Montreal-based lawyer Michael Cohen, who sent a cease and desist letter to the Habs owners and the NHL on Friday.

They're claiming it would be unlawful for the players to be locked out — something the league plans to do if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached by Sunday — because the NHLPA isn't certified by the Quebec Labour Board.

Under Quebec law, a union must have that certification for an employer to enact a lockout.

A request for comment from the NHL late Sunday night wasn't immediately returned.

According to a union source, the Canadiens players plan to submit an application to the Quebec Labour Board this week unless the league stops threatening a lockout.

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