Board of Governors unanimously votes to ratify CBA

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Board of Governors unanimously votes to ratify CBA

The NHLs board of governors had their say. Now its left to the players.

The leagues board of governors voted unanimously on Wednesday to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement, the framework of which was reached after a marathon negotiation session Saturday nightSunday morning. Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs announced the unanimous vote at a press conference in New York before commissioner Gary Bettman spoke to the media.

Bettman then issued a personal statement.

To the players who were very clear they wanted to be on the ice and not negotiating, to our partners who support the league financially and most important to fans who have loved and missed hockey, I am sorry, he said. I know an explanation or apology wont erase hard feelings, but I owe you one nonetheless.

No words of apology or explanation will help ease the disappointment, Bettman continued. We have a lot of work to do to win back your trust and support. That effort begins today.

When asked what specifically would be done to win back fans trust, etc., Bettman wouldnt specify.

Thats in the process of being worked on and will be announced at appropriate time, he said. There are outreaches, campaigns and efforts that will be made clear.

It truly was a long, frustrating road to get to this point, to get any semblance of a season whatsoever. Apologies have abounded from Bettman to owners to individual players who know damage has been done to the game or at least to this leagues brand of it.

As far as realignment and NHL players possibly playing in the next Olympics, Bettman said, well get to that. Both are important to players and the league and clubs. We know we need to get to that.

Now it goes to the NHLPA, which reportedly will have voting Friday and Saturday on ratification. Bettman said NHL schedules will be released once the CBA is ratified by both sides.

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

With exactly a month to go until Chicago hosts the 2017 NHL Draft for the first time ever, the Blackhawks and league announced Wednesday their plans for Fan Fest held outside the United Center on June 23 and 24.

A handful of Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance and made available for photo opportunities, as will the Stanley Cup. Fans will also be able to explore the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, "a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall," according to the press release.

A full list of activities, special guest appearances and schedule will be posted at a later date.

Friday's events will run from 3 to 9 p.m. while Saturday's festivites will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot C, north of the United Center.

Additional passes for the weekend will be made available to the public starting June 9. For more information, visit chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, forward Vinnie Hinostroza joins Pat Boyle and evaluates his rookie season, tells us how he has added MMA and Ju-jitsu to his offseason training and is he going to room with Ryan Hartman next season?

Plus, Tracey Myers joins Pat to discuss Patrick Kane’s first interview this offseason, the latest on the Blackhawks coaching moves and tournament fall-out for Artemi Panarin, Marcus Kruger and Alex DeBrincat.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below.