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NHL to seek to void all player contracts if union dissolves

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's league is now in the 91st day of the lockout. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's league is now in the 91st day of the lockout. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The National Hockey League will seek to void all player contracts if the players association is successful in dissolving the union, reports the Toronto Sun.

The union will vote to dissolve the union electronically starting on Sunday and the process will continue over a five-day period. A 2/3 majority vote is needed to pass and the NHLPA executive board has a Jan. 2, 2013 deadline to file a disclaimer of interest.

On Friday, the NHL filed a class action complaint to uphold the lockout and an Unfair Labor Practice Charge with the National Labor Relations Board. The Players Association said the league's position was "completely without merit."

"The NHL requests a declaration that, if the NHLPA's decertification or disclaimer were not deemed invalid by the NLRB, and the collective bargaining relationship between the parties were not otherwise to continue, all existing contracts between NHL players and NHL teams (known as Standard Player's Contracts or "SPCs") would be void and unenforceable," a statement by the NHL said.
The lockout is now in its 91st day and all games through Dec. 30 have been canceled.

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