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16/09/2004 Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players

Gary Bettman, attempted to convince players to accept a salary structure linking player salaries to league revenues, guaranteeing the clubs what the league called cost certainty. As a result of failed negotiations, it was the first time the Stanley Cup was not awarded since 1919, the first time a major professional sports league in North America canceled.


  • Essentials 

  • Issues 

  • Negotiations 

  • Effects of the lockout