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This battle not ending anytime soon

Updated: December 1, 2005, 7:06 PM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

Fourteen months ago, the union representing NHL players was regarded as a significant and powerful force in the industry, having outpointed the league's owners at virtually every turn over the previous decade.

They weren't as militant as baseball players, but these hockey boys had substantial muscle in both the corners and the boardroom.

Supposedly.

Today, the same union, the NHL Players Association, lies in tatters, having not only had its collective lunch handed ...

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