The NHL lockout is officially in effect, but that has not stopped the Chicago Blackhawks from continuing their workouts. More than 25 players met in Chicago on Monday to hold their own practice after the NHL locked them out.
Former Blackhawks Troy Brouwer of the Washington Capitals and Brian Campbell of the Florida Panthers joined several current members of the team including Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp for the workout.
The NHL officially locked out its players at 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday night when the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHL Players' Association expired. There is no timeline for the two sides to meet or an expected end date to the lockout. The NHL cancelled the entire 2004-2005 season due to a lockout.
The Blackhawks ended last season with 101 points, good enough for the sixth seed in the Western Conference. Chicago lost to the Phoenix Coyotes in six games in the first round of the playoffs.