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As NHL lockout talks collapse, angry Gary Bettman questions integrity of NHLPA

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media after labour negotiations with the NHLPA in New...

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media after labour negotiations with the NHLPA in New York, N.Y., Dec. 6, 2012. (LUCAS JACKSON/Reuters)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

NEW YORK - NHL players Chris Campoli and Ron Hainsey stood behind a crowded press conference Thursday night, staring daggers at the commissioner of the league growing ever so close to cancelling a season for the second time in eight years.

They watched and listened to an angry Gary Bettman question the players’ union’s tactics at these crucial stages of CBA negotiations and left the room with their resolve even stronger.

And with the game in as big a mess as it’s been since the work stoppage began almost three months ago.

“The fact is, they locked us out on the 15th of September,” Campoli said. “It was their decision and it continues to be their decision. Obviously, we want to be on the ice.

“It’s unfortunate because the fans suffer and we want to make our living and we’re not able to do that. Everyone who loves the game is suffering.”

Suffering and insufferable is what this lockout has become, reaching a new level of frustration as we’re mere days away from losing more games with only fleeting hope for a season at all.


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