NEW YORK — Members of the NHL’s Board of Governors are meeting for the first time since the lockout started in September.
The session comes amid optimism that progress is being made in collective bargaining talks.
Owners and players made contact early Wednesday morning and were expected to return to negotiations later in the day.
The sides are looking to build on the progress made Tuesday, which NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr described as the best day yet in more than five months of talks.
He stood alongside deputy commissioner Bill Daly and spoke briefly following more than eight hours of meetings that ended just before midnight.
Daly thanked the 18 players involved in talks that saw commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr left out of the room.
That same group returned Wednesday morning along with the six owners that represented the league.
Bettman had originally been scheduled to address reporters after the Board of Governors meeting, but that plan was put on hold because of the ongoing negotiations.