Today the NHL owners held their Board of Governors meeting where they voted unanimously to ratify the CBA terms that were agreed upon on Sunday with the NHLPA.
Before the meeting even began, there were fireworks as Bob McKenzie reported the firing of Brian Burke as the Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager shortly before 12:30pm. He’s being demoted to Senior Advisor to the MLSE President and C.O.O. Tom Anselmi. The new GM will be Dave Nonis, who previously served as Senior Vice-President and Director of Hockey Operations.
The Board of Governors meeting wrapped up around 4pm. An apologetic press conference followed led by Jeremy Jacobs and Gary Bettman.
Jeremy Jacobs: “This great game has been gone far too long. For that, we are truly sorry.”
Gary Bettman: “To the players, who were very clear they wanted to be on the ice and not negotiating labor contracts; to our partners, who support the league financially and personally; and most importantly, to our fans, who love and have missed NHL hockey, I’m sorry. I know that an explanation or an apology will not erase the hard feelings that have built up over the past few months, but I owe you an apology nevertheless. I read the letters. I followed the tweets. I read the blogs. We have a lot of work to do.”
Bettman revealed that the League would begin “outreaches and campaigns” to reconnect with fans, but didn’t go into any detail. He also mentioned that the schedule would be released “instantaneously” when the NHLPA votes to approve the CBA terms. The players will be voting electronically Friday and Saturday.
According to Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, training camps are still expected to begin on Sunday and the season will kick off January 19th. We’re almost there, hockey fans.