- The Washington Times - Friday, November 21, 2008

The NHL Players’ Association has filed a grievance against the Washington Capitals because the team denied access to one of the organization’s members.

Joe Reekie, who played parts of nine seasons with the Caps, was denied access to the event level and dressing room for a game at Verizon Center in October. Reekie is in his first season as a union liaison for players in the Southeast Division.

“The NHLPA confirms that it has filed a grievance regarding the Washington Capitals recent denial of event level and dressing room access to NHLPA staff,” said Ian Penny, general counsel for the NHLPA. “The club’s actions violate the negotiated media access policy, which is an extension of the CBA and is binding on all NHL clubs.”

According to the NHL media access policy, “No one other than NHL, NHLPA or team representatives or properly accredited members of the media shall be allowed in dressing rooms during media access periods.”

A team spokesman for the Caps said the team will defer all questions about the matter to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

“Our position is that the league and our clubs are under no obligation to provide greater access to NHLPA representatives than is already granted,” Daly said. “Should the arbitrator not agree with our position, I would expect that he will merely define what our obligations are.”

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