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Fehr expressed concern about the damage being caused by hockey’s fourth work stoppage in 20 years.

“Any time you are preventing the fans from watching the sport they dearly love, which provides the business that we’re all involved in, that’s not a good thing,” Fehr said. “It needs to be ended as soon as possible. We certainly hope we can do that. We certainly want to tell the fans we’re doing everything we can to do it.

“Hopefully it’ll be over soon. That’s what we’re trying to do.”