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July 22, 2005: The NHL Board of Governors ratifies the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated with the NHL Players' Association.

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Jan. 23, 2009: The NHL Players' Association declines to exercise its option to terminate the Collective Bargaining Agreement following the 2008-09 season.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: "This announcement certifies the players' endorsement of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and affirms that the system is working in the manner anticipated from its inception. We are extremely pleased that the League and the players now can move forward together and that the fans' focus can remain on the ice, where it belongs."

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June 22, 2010: The NHL Players' Association exercises its option to extend the Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2011-12 season.

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May 16, 2012: The NHL notifies the NHLPA of its intent to terminate the CBA upon its expiration Sept. 15.

(Under Article 3.1 of the 2005 CBA, the agreement would have been extended for another year had neither party sent the other a written 'notice of termination' at least 120 days prior to Sept. 15, 2011).

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June 29, 2012: Representatives of the NHL and NHLPA meet for the first time toward negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly: "Members of our league office staff and several of our owners met today with the NHLPA and various members of the players' negotiating committee at the league office in New York. The meeting was very cordial and we hope it was constructive."

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July 5-6, 2012: Members of the NHL's negotiating committee meet with representatives from the NHLPA in New York.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly: "We had two productive days of meetings … A number of important issues were raised on both sides of the table, all of which will be discussed more thoroughly as we get deeper into bargaining. We are pleased with the level of engagement and look forward to meeting again next week."

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July 10, 2012: Members of the NHL's negotiating committee meet with representatives from the NHLPA in Toronto for the fourth meeting since bargaining commenced June 29 in New York. “They've been positive," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said of the meetings. “They've been constructive. They've been cordial."

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July 13: 2012: The NHL makes its initial proposal to the NHLPA during a collective bargaining session at the NHLPA offices in Toronto.

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July 18-20, 2012: Members of the NHL's negotiating committee meet with representatives from the NHLPA for three consecutive days of collective bargaining sessions in New York.

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July 24, 2012: The NHL and NHLPA resume Collective Bargaining negotiations in Toronto.

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July 25, 2012: The two sides meet for a second consecutive day in Toronto.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: Even though the Players' Association hasn't put forth any formal proposals yet, and even though they haven't responded yet to our initial proposal, we did put on [the table] a comprehensive set of proposals on the other issues beyond our initial proposal, what I'll call the nuts and bolts. So the vast bulk of our proposals are now on the table. We walked the players and players' association through those so-called nuts-and-bolts proposals, and the process continues."

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July 26, 2012: Talks between the NHL and NHLPA conclude for the week in Toronto.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: "The Players Association made a couple of presentations, one on player pensions and the other on player health care and insurance. Then, there was a pretty good discussion on playing conditions in a smaller group, having to do with things like training camp and ice conditions."

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July 31, 2012: The NHL and NHLPA resume negotiations toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in New York on Tuesday with a lengthy, full-committee session, followed by sub-committee meetings among smaller groups.

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August 1, 2012: Members of the NHL's negotiating committee meet with representatives from the NHLPA for a second consecutive day at the NHL office in New York. After a full committee session the day before, the work was more focused on subcommittee discussions involving two smaller groups. One group had discussions about player-safety issues and the other discussed players' retirement benefits. There also was a separate session involving the legal counsel for both sides to update the status of information requests.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly: "I think we had good experiences in the working groups. I know the hockey-issues working group met twice already. I think we have some good momentum in those areas."

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August 7, 2012: Members of the NHL's negotiating committee meet with representatives from the NHLPA in the first of four days of sessions at the NHL office in New York. There were two breakout sessions -- the first was on player health and safety, while the other involved miscellaneous CBA legal issues. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that work on the new CBA will continue while the League awaits a proposal from the Union.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly: "I'm not sure we're in a holding pattern, per se, because we're continuing to meet and we're continuing to hash through the other issues that you need to hash through as part of a Collective Bargaining Agreement. Certainly the sooner we can get that proposal, the better."

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August 10, 2012: The NHL and NHLPA meet for a fourth consecutive day in New York. The sub-committee session centers on hockey-related issues, including supplementary discipline, training camp and ice conditions.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly: "There are a variety of other issues that are involved in collective bargaining and this Collective Bargaining Agreement that we've also been able to engage on where we do have counter proposals going both ways, where we've exchanged views and ideas on proposals, made movements and had some agreements. "It's all part of the big process, but obviously the critical part of this negotiation will come down to the economics."

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August 13: 2012: Members of the NHL's negotiating committee meet with representatives from the NHLPA in the first of four days of sessions in Toronto. The meeting features NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins delivering a presentation that detailed how the League has grown the business.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: "The real purpose of this session was to give the players and the Union a sense of how we've been growing the business at the league level over the last few years, the types of initiatives we've undertaken to grow the game, and how we see prospects for the future. That was really the full extent of the session."

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August 14, 2012: The NHLPA submits its first proposal on economic issues during a Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiating session in Toronto, more than one month after the NHL had delivered its initial proposal during a negotiating session July 13.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: "Our hope is to spend whatever time it takes this afternoon and this evening to review the proposal because if we're going to respond we want to respond appropriately. Obviously, if we can't finish our analysis and evaluation today we may need more time tomorrow, but our hope is to be in a position tomorrow to get back together."

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August 15, 2012: The NHL and NHLPA continue Collective Bargaining negotiations in Toronto, a session that includes discussion on the proposal submitted by the NHLPA to the League the day before.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: "I think it's fair to say that we value the [Union's] proposal and what it means in terms of its economics differently than the Players' Association does. And, I think there are still a number of issues where we're looking at the world differently. I'm not sure that there has yet been a recognition of the economics in our world, and I mean the greater world and the sports industry, taking into account what recently happened with the NFL and the NBA.

"And, so there is still a wide gap between us with not much time to go, but this is a process that we're going to continue to work hard on. But, I do think it's fair to say that the sides are still apart, far apart, have different views of the world and the issues."

"I'm not in a position to make a counter proposal until we see everything that they're prepared or interested in discussing and they're not at that point yet. I think since we started this process -- [NHL Deputy Commissioner] Bill [Daly] and I met with Don and [NHLPA legal counsel] Steve [Fehr] as early as June 4, and we had a formal bargaining session on June 29 -- it's a little disappointing not to have their full slate of proposals at this point with a month to go."

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August 16, 2012: The NHL and NHLPA hold a CBA sub-committee meeting in Toronto to discuss non-core economic issues.

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August 22, 2012: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr in Toronto.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly: "I think more than anything else, [the meeting] was to review where we are in the process, where we've come from, where we are with the various proposals, and to determine how to move the process forward in the best way possible -- hoping and understanding that both sides are committed to using the time left to making a deal as quickly as possible."

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August 23, 2012: Members of the NHL's negotiating committee meet with representatives from the NHLPA for the second consecutive day in Toronto.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: "Whether or not we're talking about these contract or system issues, or if we're talking about revenue sharing, it's clear that we're at a point that it's going to be very difficult to move this process along until we deal with the fundamental economic issues. Certainly as it relates to the fundamental economic issue we are far apart both in terms of magnitude and structure. That is something we're trying to get a handle on."

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August 28, 2012: The NHL negotiating committee makes a counterproposal to the NHL Players' Association offer from Aug. 14 in the hopes of getting the CBA negotiations moving toward a resolution.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: "We made a counterproposal. It was a proposal that we believe is significant and had meaningful movement. It was also designed to address issues that they've raised with us and to address the proposal they last made to us in terms of structure and format."

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