NHL lockout: No progress made Wednesday toward deal

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The NHL and the National Hockey League Players' Association met with federal mediators for a little more than six hours Wednesday without making progress towards a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The session, which was held at the office of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, was overseen by mediator Scot Beckenbaugh. It was the first time the two sides met since negotiations abruptly ended last Thursday.

The two sides also met with mediators on Nov. 28 and 29, but those meetings broke off without progress being made.

"We met for about six-and-a-half hours today with the assistance of federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "The parties were never actually in the same room together. We did several different caucus meeting rooms. There is nothing new to report.

"We don't have a conclusion to the process. The players are doing something (Wednesday) night and they are going to get back to mediator Beckenbaugh (Wednesday) night and he will get back to us (Wednesday) night."

The union was represented by NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, NHLPA special council Steve Fehr and the following players: Craig Adams, Adrian Aucoin, Brad Boyes, Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Shane Doan, Ron Hainsey, Jamal Mayers, Andy McDonald, Steve Montador, Brendan Morrison, Douglas Murray and Daniel Winnik.

"As I think you may know, there were a number of meetings each side had with the mediator (Wednesday) and, as well, we had caucuses on our own and I assume the League personnel did also," Fehr said. "They were discussions of the various issues involved and how far we are apart and where we go from here. I can't tell you that any progress was made. Obviously, we are going to continue to stay in contact with the mediator (Wednesday) night and try to figure out what the next appropriate step is."

Wednesday's meeting comes two days after the National Hockey League eliminated another block of games from the schedule with the lockout nearing a full three months.

Games from Dec. 15 through Dec. 30 were the latest to be wiped out, bringing the total to 526 lost to the lockout that started Sept. 16. The Winter Classic on New Year's Day was also canceled, as was the All-Star Weekend in late January.