CHICAGO -- The National Hockey League Players' Association wrapped up its annual executive board meetings at the Peninsula Hotel on Wednesday afternoon and released its list of 31 players named to the negotiating committee, which will soon begin labor negotiations.
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement with the League ends Sept. 15 and the National Hockey League and the NHLPA are expected to start negotiating shortly, possibly as soon as the end of this week, according to Donald Fehr, the NHLPA's executive director.
Fehr, standing in front of 28 players, held a press briefing to address the pending talks. Throughout the three days of sessions, the 56 players who attended met for several briefings.
"We spent a lot of time during the last two days discussing all of the relevant issues that we expect may come up during course of negotiations, as well as a number of items which might be more of the ordinary businesses of association," Fehr said.
As far as the upcoming negotiations, Fehr said his organization is encouraged by the growth of the game and the increase in League-wide revenues. "I think when we approach these negotiations, the object is to get a deal done which can continue that momentum and continue it uninterrupted," he said. "We certainly hope to do that."