ESPN Boston- Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who is also chairman of the NHL's board of
governors, made the following statement announcing the owners'
ratification of the tentative labor agreement reached Sunday between the
NHL and NHLPA:
"On behalf of the National Hockey League's Board of
Governors, I am pleased to report that today we unanimously voted to
ratify a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the National Hockey
League Players' Association. Which means, to our fans all around the
globe, hockey is back."
"This great game has been gone for far too long, and for that we are truly sorry.
"The Board today also expressed its appreciation for the
professionalism and commitment, to our clubs and to the sport, that
Commissioner Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Daly displayed throughout
this difficult period. Gary, Bill and their staff worked tirelessly from
long before the lockout began in an effort to reach a constructive
conclusion. Gary and Bill have the complete and unconditional support of
the Board -- and our gratitude.
"As our League moves toward what we know will be a period of
growth for the sport, and a time of great excitement and entertainment
for our fans, I would add the appreciation of the Board for the
dedication the players showed during the negotiating process -- and for
their role in securing an agreement that will move the National Hockey
League forward in the years ahead. There’s no doubt we all love this
"Together our collective future is extremely bright. Our only
interest now is to look ahead and to focus on what this great game can
provide to the best sports fans in the world."
Take this any way you want but all I can say is F$$K You Jacobs. I am glad hockey is back, but the way they went about this was foolish. A bunch of greedy men complaining about billions of dollars. They didn't take into account that it is the fans who contribute to these billions of dollars of revenue. The league should do what Tampa is doing and issue a 24 hr period to buy 200 season tickets for $200 that's $8.33 dollars a ticket! That's giving back to the fans, the fans deserve that after dealing with all this crap from the NHL. I wish Jacobs would do something like that, but let's be realistic that will never happen.
Anyways, let's get to business and bring the cup back home, I'm pumped!