Saturday, August 23, 2003

ECHL players announce strike



The Associated Press

ECHL players declared an offseason strike Friday, citing a lack of progress in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.

The Professional Hockey Players' Association announced the action in a faxed statement.

"The league's latest proposal is silent on issues the league understands must be part of a finalized agreement," said Larry Landon, the PHPA's executive director.

The decision to strike was made after a conference call Wednesday between the players' association and player representatives.

ECHL commissioner Brian McKenna was informed of the strike following the call but expects that a deal will be struck and the season will open on time Oct. 17.

The Cincinnati Cyclones are scheduled to open their season Oct. 17 against Peoria hoping to improve upon a 36-29-7 record.

"(The strike is) one of the tools at (the players') disposal," McKenna said.

"They're just trying to turn up the heat to get a deal done.

"They're on strike, but they're not due to show up for 60 days."

Training camps open Oct. 3.




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