2003 - 2004
October 1, 2003
ECHL strike over after 40 days
Generals coach Rick Adduono has five days to assemble a roster before training camp starts.
BY JEFF CARLTON
When word came down Tuesday evening that the ECHL players' strike was over, Greensboro Generals coach Rick Adduono got right to work.
With training camp set to start - on time - in just five days, Adduono was a man without a roster.
"I can't waste any time," he said. "I've got to get a hold of a few players right now so they don't go elsewhere. He who is late is lost."
When the ECHL and Professional Hockey Players Association ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement Tuesday, it brought an end to a 40-day players strike.
Concessions were made on the major issues by both sides
The CBA replaces one that, according to McKenna, created a number of disputes over the last four seasons because of the document's ambiguous language.
The new agreement's major stipulations:
"It's a good move for both parties," he said. "They were fair to the players and fair to the owners."
Said PHPA executive director Larry Landon in a release: "We are confident this agreement is reflective of the times. It protects and advances a number of issues that are essential to the well-being of the membership and their families."
For Canadian players, getting paperwork filed for U.S. work visas in time for the start of the season was becoming a serious concern.
The Generals are scheduled to open training-camp practice Monday at 9 a.m. at the Ice House. The season begins Oct. 17, when the South Carolina Stingrays visit the Greensboro Coliseum.
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