Mark Chipman, Chairman and Governor of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, today issued the
“I’d like to thank the NHL for giving me the opportunity to participate in this very important
I came here optimistic that we could find a solution. That sense of optimism grew after our first few sessions, including the small group discussions late last night.
Regrettably, we have been unable to close the divide on some critical issues that we feel are
essential to the immediate and long-term health of our game.
While I sense there are some members of the players association that understand our
perspective on these issues, clearly there are many that don’t.
I am deeply disappointed that we were unable to bring this extremely unfortunate situation
to a successful conclusion and I wish to apologize to our fans and sponsors for letting them
If you’d like to read the statements from the other owners Burkle (Pittsburgh), Vinik (Tampa Bay) and Tanenbaum (Toronto) who were present during the meetings, the league has those posted. Click here.