The National Hockey Players’ Association is considering filing a lawsuit against the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Union (NHLPA) over the NHL’s lockout-shortened season and its impact on players, according to union officials.
The union’s president and CEO are planning to file the lawsuit Tuesday, according a league source.
The union’s executive director, Chris Loh, said in a statement to NHL.com that the union “will pursue a legal strategy to address the league’s actions” to limit the ability of players to participate in organized team activities.
Loh said the union’s lawsuit would not be limited to the lockout.
“We will also be bringing our concerns about the lockout to the attention of the league,” Loh added.
“We will be bringing that to the league to make sure it listens.”
Loh did not disclose the name of the NHL or NHLPA as a party in the case, but said it would be a “big fight.”
Loh and several other union leaders said in an interview that the lockout, which took effect on Feb. 15, was a “catastrophic failure” and the league is not paying players in time to participate fully in the league.
The NHL’s season ended Jan. 10 and the NHLPA’s season began Feb. 5.
The players union is the NHL Players’ union and has about 4,000 members across the country.
The league said it plans to hold another meeting on March 3 in the wake of the lockout that is scheduled to begin at the end of March.