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Officials' union president sides with owners

Updated: February 14, 2005, 1:30 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

The president of the National Hockey League Officials' Association is pleading for players' association leader Bob Goodenow to accept the NHL's proposed collective bargaining agreement in order to preserve the balance of the season and the integrity of the game.

"He's the one with the flexibility," referee Stephen Walkom told ESPN.com on Friday. "I'm really hoping that the players work hard to get Bob to see that it's time to do something in the short-term that may not be good for the players ...

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