Articles matching tag: Hockey
- Column: Women's Hockey Team Wins On and Off IceApril 6, 2017
“Very united. Very strong. Persevering.” Those words were used by defender Gigi Marvin to describe the Women’s National Hockey team’s 2-0 win over the Canadians in the opening game of the Women’s World Championship. And who would disagree with her? The players were coming off a two-week standoff with USA Hockey, the governing body that oversees international hockey competition. Instead of practicing for the tournament, Marvin and her teammates announced on March 15 they would boycott the tournament unless they received a new contract. Negotiations on a new compensation package began some 15 months earlier but little progress had been made until the women took a firm stand: Pay us or we won’t play. In the end, the hockey federation blinked first.
- Column: NHL is BackJanuary 7, 2013
The NHL is back and while both the owners and players will declare victory, you can chalk this one up as a big win for the players. You wouldn’t expect the owners to admit they “lost” after essentially giving away almost half a season at the cost of $8-10 million per day. But this is all on the owners. They’re the ones who instituted the 113-day lockout. And for what? Everyone knew going into these negotiations that the 57% take of league revenues the players had enjoyed under the old CBA would end up being a 50-50 split. And that’s how the final deal ended up. But the long and tortious road that led to this point was totally unnecessary. For no apparent reason other than to unite the players against them, the owners opened the negotiations with an offer of 43% of revenues. The owners should have known that with Don Fehr at the helm, the players would not be pushed around until they knuckled under as they had done so many times in the past. The owners had only to look at Fehr’s record in MLB for guidance on that issue. But arrogance and stubbornness ruled the day and the owners refused to allow themselves to believe the players would stand united.
- COLUMN: NHL CBA NegotiationsJuly 23, 2012
It may be time to prepare for Armageddon II in the National Hockey League. NHL owners locked out the players for the entire 2004-05 season in order to obtain a salary cap and force a reduction of 24% in player salaries.