NHL players and owners hold talks

  • A group of six National Hockey League (NHL) owners and 18 players met for nearly eight hours on Tuesday in a bid to find common ground and resolve the 80-day-old lockout.

    The talks took place without NHL commissioner Gary Bettman or union chief Donald Fehr in attendance.

    NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) special counsel Steve Fehr called the meeting "constructive", adding "it might be the best day we've had."

    The two sides are expected to meet again later today.

    Regular season games have been canceled up until November 30 as well as the Winter Classic contest that was due to be held on New Year's Day between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.

    The NHL imposed a lockout, which halted all league operations, when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired in September with the owners and players at odds over how to split a $3.3 billion revenue pie.

    A total of 82 games have been affected as a result of the decision.

    It marks the first time regular season action has been canceled since a lockout wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.