Eighteen players will represent the NHLPA in a meeting with owners Tuesday in New York City as the sides try to break new ground during this lockout stalemate.
The idea of a player-owner meeting was proposed by Gary Bettman last week and agreed to by the NHL Players’ Association, who will have special counsel Steve Fehr in the room. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly fills that staff role for the league.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews highlight the players involved. Craig Adams, David Backes, Michael Cammalleri, B.J. Crombeen, Mathieu Darche, Shane Doan, Ron Hainsey, Shawn Horcoff, Jamal Mayers, Manny Malhotra, Andy McDonald, George Parros, Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis and Kevin Westgarth will also attend the meeting, set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Westin New York at Times Square.
Only six owners will take part in the meeting: Ron Burkle of the Penguins, Mark Chipman of the Winnipeg Jets, Murray Edwards of the Calgary Flames, Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins, Larry Tanenbaum of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jeff Vinik of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Washington Capitals are not represented on either side. Owner Ted Leonsis is on the NHL’s regular negotiating committee.