The National Hockey League and its players union ended two days of talks involving federal labor mediators without making enough progress to warrant continuing the negotiations.
The two sides met under the guidance of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in an effort to reach a new collective bargaining agreement and end a player lockout now in its 11th week.
“We concluded two days of mediation with FMCS mediators and representatives of the NHL Players’ Association,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said yesterday in a statement posted on the league’s website.
“After spending several hours with both sides over two days, the presiding mediators concluded that the parties remained far apart and that no progress toward a resolution could be made through further mediation at this point in time,” Daly said. “We are disappointed that the mediation process was not successful.”
The labor dispute has forced the cancellation of more than a third of the regular season so far, including the outdoor Winter Classic, plus the All-Star Game.
NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr also said the mediators did not think it would be productive to continue the discussions at this time.
“The mediators indicated that they would stay in contact with the league and the NHLPA, and would call the parties back together when they thought the time was right,” Fehr said in a statement released by the union.
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