U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, both of New Jersey, sent a letter Monday to the NHL and the NHL Players Association urging the two sides to resolve their differences.
“A delayed or canceled regular season would be a major setback for Newark. It could mean millions of dollars in lost economic activity, and more people out of work when our state unemployment rate is already at a 30-year high,” the Senators wrote. “As you consider your next steps, we encourage you to keep in mind the communities, workers, and families that would be hurt by a further disruption in the season.”
The Senators continued: “Businesses, workers and hockey fans played no role in causing this dispute, and it is unfair for them to have to bear this burden. The Senate has jurisdiction over interstate commercial activities, including professional sports, and will keep a close eye on your negotiations with hope that you will work diligently and quickly to resolve this matter.”
The full text of the letter can be viewed here.