Kings fans had waited 45 years for their beloved team to win the Stanley Cup last June, so it seemed cruel that a labor dispute between the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Assn. delayed their chance to see the Kings raise their championship banner at Staples Center.
Their wait is now near an end.
The league and players’ union early Sunday announced a tentative accord on a new collective bargaining agreement that will bring up to 10 years’ labor peace to a league that has shut its doors three times because of conflicts. The agreement, reached with the help of a federal mediator after a tricky 16-hour day of negotiations, has some loose ends that must be wrapped up before it’s put on paper and voted upon by both sides this week.