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NHL, Union reconvene after BOG meeting

by Dan Rosen

NEW YORK -- National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said the League's Board of Governors was provided an update to the ongoing negotiations toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement during a two-hour meeting Wednesday before negotiations between the NHL and National Hockey League Players' Association resumed in earnest.

Commissioner Bettman did not divulge any details and did not take any questions from the media after making a brief statement following the Board of Governors meeting.

"We are pleased with the process that is ongoing and out of respect for that process I don't have anything else to say and I'm not going to take any questions," Commissioner Bettman said.

Virtually the same constituents from the NHL and National Hockey League Players' Association that met during eight hours Tuesday -- and again briefly Wednesday morning before the Board of Governors -- reconvened for further talks Wednesday afternoon. Those discussions lasted approximately four hours before the sides adjourned for a dinner break.

After a two-hour break, the sides recovened for more discussions.

In the past two days, the sides have already met for a little more than 12 hours.

Representing the NHL owners Wednesday are Ron Burkle (Pittsburgh Penguins), Mark Chipman (Winnipeg Jets), Murray Edwards (Calgary Flames), Jeremy Jacobs (Boston Bruins) Larry Tanenbaum (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jeff Vinik (Tampa Bay Lightning).

The players were represented by Craig Adams, David Backes, Michael Cammalleri, Chris Campoli, Sidney Crosby, B.J. Crombeen, Mathieu Darche, Shane Doan, Ron Hainsey, Shawn Horcoff, Jamal Mayers, Manny Malhotra, Ryan Miller, George Parros, Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis, Jonathan Toews, Kevin Westgarth and Daniel Winnik. Andy McDonald was part of the Union contingent on Tuesday, but not present Wednesday. Campoli and Winnik were not on hand Tuesday.

Commissioner Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr were not in the main meeting this afternoon. They were not involved in the main meeting Tuesday, but were in the building to be involved in the internal meetings throughout the process Tuesday.

The NHL and NHLPA have been without a CBA since Sept. 16. Games have been cancelled through December 14, along with the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the 2013 NHL All-Star Game.

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