As expected, on Saturday at 9 a.m., the NHL owners officially locked out the players when the two sides could not agree on a new collective bargaining agreement. The NHL now enters its fourth work stoppage in the last 20 years and with players and owners trying to figure out their next moves, the NHL Players Association has released a video message appealing to the fans during the lockout.
In the 3:31 long video, St. Louis' David Backes, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Chicago's Jonathan Toews, Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog and Toronto's James Reimer speak about their love for the game and the impact of the lockout. With no clear end in sight, the NHLPA is reaching out to fans, trying to share the players' side of a huge dispute.
"I think that as players, we understand that the people who suffer the most are the fans," Crosby says.
See the whole video below.