Hoping to possibly block the league from implementing a lockout this week, the NHL Players Association has filed an appeal to the Quebec Labour Board on behalf of players from the Montreal Canadiens, according to Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press.
As SB Nation's Travis Hughes explains, a law in the Canadian province states that an employer "cannot lock out employees unless they are represented by a union certified by the QLB." The NHLPA is arguing that the QLB doesn't recognize it as a union, therefore making the NHL's actions illegal in Quebec.
If the QLB accepts the NHLPA's appeal, the NHL and the Canadiens could be ordered to cease the lockout on legal grounds. For hockey fans around North America, that would undoubtedly be splendid news.
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