The lockout hasn't begun yet, and the NHL Players' Association is striving to make sure it doesn't.
The union and at least 16 members of the Montreal Canadiens have filed an application with the Quebec Labor Relations Board in which it asks the board to declare the looming lockout illegal. In Quebec, an employer is not allowed to lock out employees unless they belong to a union that has been certified by the Quebec labor board. The NHLPA is not a certified union in Quebec.
“The players on the Montreal Canadiens simply want the labor laws of Quebec upheld so that we can continue to play hockey while we work towards reaching a fair contract with the NHL,” Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges said in a statement.
An emergency hearing on the application is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday in Montreal. The NHL has said it will lock out the players if a new collective bargaining agreement is not in place by 11:59 p.m. Saturday.