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NHLPA ponders own league

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

TORONTO -- Are NHL players ready to start a league of their own?

They're looking at the possibility.

After a meeting between NHLPA boss Bob Goodenow and a group of agents broke up yesterday, sources say a small group of agents were planning a session last night to discuss "alternatives" for next season.

It's believed Goodenow invited any agent who was interested in helping to set up a small-scale players' league or an extensive tour of Canada next year to come to a session at the Harbour Castle Westin last night.

"People have got to start looking and seeing what's going to happen if there's not going to be any hockey played in September," said one agent. "Yes, a lot of guys are going to look at Europe, but not everybody is going to go there.

"The information we were given was (the lockout) could last for a long time. The belief is the league is going to bring in replacement players and try to break the union. The players are going to look for places to play. You have to look at every alternative to see what's out there."


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