VIDEO: NHL Players Make Video Appeal to Fans
The NHL closed its doors at midnight Saturday and there were no formal talks between the league and its players in the final three days before the previous agreement expired.
In the hopes of appealing to fans and showing them their side of the dispute, the NHLPA have put together a youtube video. All-Stars Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, David Backes and others say they weren't the ones that stopped play for the second time since a lockout cancelled the 2004-2005 season. In the final frame of the video it says, "This is an NHL owners lockout."
"It is unfortunate that the business of the game has gotten in the way of the playing of the game and doing what we all love to do," St. Louis Blues captain Backes said.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby said, "I think as players, we understand that the people that suffer the most are the fans."
The prospect of having the regular season start as scheduled on Oct. 11 is less and less likely with each passing day. The first exhibition games could be scrapped next week.
A lockout in 1994-95 forced the cancellation of 468 games, delaying the season's start until Jan. 20. The 2004 lockout began Sept. 16 and wasn't settled until July 13, making the NHL the first North American sports league to ever cancel an entire season over a labour dispute. An 11-day strike in April 1992 also caused 30 games to be postponed.