NHLPA Denies Realignment, Writer Begins Making Other Plans For October-December 2012

NEW YORK (January 6, 2012) – The National Hockey League announced

today that it will not move forward with implementation of the Realignment

Plan and modified Playoff Format recently approved by the NHL Board of

Governors for the 2012-13 NHL season because the NHLPA has refused to

provide its consent.


“It is unfortunate that the NHLPA has unreasonably refused to approve

a Plan that an overwhelming majority of our Clubs voted to support, and

that has received such widespread support from our fans and other members

of the hockey community, including Players,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner

Bill Daly. “We have now spent the better part of four weeks attempting to

satisfy the NHLPA’s purported concerns with the Plan with no success.

Because we have already been forced to delay, and as a result are already

late in beginning the process of preparing next season’s schedule, we have

no choice but to abandon our intention to implement the Realignment Plan

and modified Playoff Format for next season.”


“We believe the Union acted unreasonably in violation of the League’s

rights. We intend to evaluate all of our available legal options and to

pursue adequate remedies, as appropriate.”


As a result of the League’s decision today, the NHL will maintain its

current alignment and Playoff Format for the 2012-13 season.