NHLPA Members Ratify Collective Bargaining Agreement
/ New York Rangers
Courtesy of www.nhl.com
The members of the National Hockey League Players Association announced today that they have ratified the Collective Bargaining Agreement reached in principle last week with the National Hockey League.
The 228 players in attendance took part in an intensive review of the prospective deal on Wednesday and Thursday, prior to voting on its ratification early Thursday afternoon. Those players who were unable to attend the meeting were able to review the document over the NHLPA's secured internal website and conduct their vote online.
The NHL's Board of Governors is expected to convene tomorrow in New York, and an affirmative vote on their side would complete the formal ratification process.
Following the announcement of the players voting result, NHLPA Executive Director Bob Goodenow issued the following statement:
"After two days of thorough discussion and analysis, the players voted in favor of ratifying the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. We expect the owners will ratify the agreement tomorrow as well. Once the ratification process is complete, the focus of everyone can turn to the 2005-06 season."