NHL Labor Timeline

June 29 – Bargaining begins.

July 13 – Management’s initial proposal would reduce players’

share of hockey-related revenue from 57 percent to 46 percent, a

figure the union later says is actually 43 percent.

Aug. 14 – Players make first proposal, calling for lower

percentage of revenue for players and increased revenue sharing

among teams.

Aug. 15 – NHL rejects players’ offer.

Aug. 28 – Owners offer players 46 percent.

Sept. 12 – Players make proposal, which is immediately


Sept. 13 – Owners meet in New York and unanimously endorse

decision to lock out players when the 2005-12 collective bargaining

agreement expires at the end of Sept. 15.

Sept. 16 – Lockout begins.

Sept. 19 – NHL cancels preseason schedule through Sept. 30.

Sept. 22 – NHL fines Detroit Red Wings undisclosed amount for

comments made by senior vice president Jim Devellano in an

interview with Island Sports News, which quoted him as saying his

solution to end the lockout would be to have the players take 43

percent and the owners get 57 percent of hockey-related


Sept. 27 – NHL cancels remainder of preseason schedule.

Oct. 4 – NHL cancels 82 games from Oct. 11-24.

Oct. 16 – League makes proposal, offering to split hockey

related revenue 50-50, and says it must be accepted by Oct. 25 to

preserve full schedule.

Oct. 17 – Union rejects proposal.

Oct. 19 – NHL cancels games through Nov. 1, raising

cancellations to 135 (11 percent of season).

Oct. 26 – NHL cancels games through Nov. 30, raising total to

326 (26.5 percent).

Nov. 2 – NHL cancels Jan. 1 Winter Classic between Toronto and

Detroit at Ann Arbor, Mich.

Nov. 21 – Union makes proposal offering to split hockey-related

revenue 50-50 with $392 million ”make-whole provision” for

existing contracts that is $182 million more than management’s

offer. NHL Commissioner Gary Between says sides are ”far


Nov. 23 – NHL cancels games through Dec. 14, raising total to

422 (34 percent of season), and All-Star weekend for Jan. 26-27 at

Columbus, Ohio.

Nov. 28-29 – The sides meet with two members of the Federal

Mediation and Conciliation Service, who agree they are far


Dec. 10 – NHL cancels games through Dec. 30, raising total to

526 (43 percent of season).

Dec. 14 – A day after negotiations break off, NHL files a class

action suit against the union in U.S. District Court in New York,

seeking to establish its lockout is legal, and files an unfair

labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board,

claiming the union has bargained in bad faith.

Dec. 20 – NHL cancels games through Jan. 14, raising total to

625 (51 percent of season).

Dec. 27 – NHL makes new proposal.

Dec. 31 – Negotiations resume.

Jan. 4 – Federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh shuttles between the


Jan. 6 – On the 113th day of the lockout, the sides reach

agreement on a 10-year contract that either side can terminate

after eight years. Hockey-related income will be split 50-50.

Free-agent contracts will be limited to a maximum seven years

(eight for clubs to re-sign their own players). Salaries in

contracts can’t vary more than 35 percent year to year, and the

final year can’t be more than 50 percent of the highest year. The

salary cap for the upcoming season will be $70.2 million, and it

will go down to $64.3 million in 2013-14.