EDMONTON - Lawyers for players on Alberta's two NHL teams are in Edmonton trying to get the current lockout declared illegal under provincial labour laws.
But lawyers for the NHL have argued before the Alberta Labour Relations Board that it's impossible for a league spanning two countries to operate under different laws for each team.
The lawyers also told the board that it's inappropriate to apply the Alberta Labour Code to the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.
The league's lawyers point out players from those teams have never had their own union to bargain for them.
That job belongs to the National Hockey League Players' Association, which represents all 30 teams.
The lockout began Saturday at midnight and some players are already signing with European teams for the season.