San Jose Sharks players along with all players around the NHL were officially locked out as of 9 p.m. PST on Saturday with the expiration of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement.
Sharks Sports and Entertainment, who own the San Jose Sharks hockey team released a letter to fans the following day in an attempt to explain their position on the recent lockout:
Dear Sharks Fans,As we are sure you are aware, the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement between the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association expired on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. PDT.Without a new agreement in place, training camps will not open as scheduled on Sept. 21 and no hockey will be played until a new deal is consummated and in place.As of this moment, there is no definitive answer as to when a settlement will be reached but there a few things we wanted to communicate to you.First off, please know that our fans and partners are our number one priority. Your enthusiasm and commitment to our franchise is unparalleled and something that we do not take for granted.The changes that are being sought in collective bargaining are being sought in the best interests of the game and all those associated with it.Updates on the labor negotiations can be found at www.sjsharks.comcbainformation. We appreciate your patience and ask that you continue to bear with us. We sincerely thank you for your support over the years and moving forward.We hope to see you and NHL action back at HP Pavilion very soon.