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NHL union tries to reopen talks with owners
January 18, 2005
TORONTO, Canada (AFP) - The National Hockey League's players union has invited the league back to the table in a last-ditch effort to save the 2004-2005 season.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday at an undisclosed location, the Canadian media reported on Monday.
The report said the two sides will have a "small group meeting" involving NHL vice present Bill Daly and NHLPA vice president Ted Saskin, but league commissioner Gary Bettman and union boss Bob Goodenow will not be in attendance.
Also expected to attend are NHL chairman of the board Harley Hotchkiss, NHLPA president Trevor Linden and assorted legal staff.
It will be the first time since December 14 that the sides have met in attempt to end the lockout, which is in its 124th day.
The lockout already has canceled the All-Star Game and any sort of abbreviated season also could be perilously close to being lost.
Updated on Tuesday, Jan 18, 2005 8:24 am EST