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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

nhl- Wirtz, "It will go down in textbook history as one of the stupidest mistakes ever."

via the Chicago Tribune, Blackhawks owner Bill Wirtz was optimistic Wednesday that the NHL and its players' union could reach a collective bargaining agreement in time to open training camps in September and start the 2005-2006 season in October.
But he remained bitter about the loss of the 2004-2005 season. He said of the players' demands that led to a breakdown of contract talks and a lockout, "It will go down in textbook history as one of the stupidest mistakes ever."
And he said he would examine the new economic package thoroughly before signing it.
"Lord knows how long it will take to paper this, but we won't have a comma or colon misplaced," Wirtz said. "I told the commissioner (Gary Bettman) I don't care if it's 500 pages long. I will sit and read every page before I put my name on it."
There have been reports the agreement might be even longer than 500 pages.
"Hopefully, we will conclude this negotiation by training camp," Wirtz said. "A one-year hiatus from hockey is too long."