Arbitrator Named In Ilya Kovalchuk Contract Dispute

July 31st, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
The NHL and the NHL Players Association have agreed on an arbitrator to rule on the disputed contract of Ilya Kovalchuk.

The New Jersey Devils signed Kovalchuk to a 17-year, $102 million contract.  The NHL rejected the contract.  The argument the NHL used in rejecting the contract was that it was designed to circumvent the salary cap and collective bargaining agreement. The NHLPA filed a grievance with the NHL, forcing the case to be heard by an arbitrator.

New Jersey native Richard Bloch will rule on the Kovalchuk hearing.  Bloch, now based in Washington D.C, is expected to hear the arguments from both sides next week and deliver a ruling by Friday.  

Bloch, also a noted magician,  earned his undergrad degree from Dartmouth College.  He received his law degree and Masters in business administration from the University of Michigan.  Bloch has previously served as an arbitrator for the NHL, NFL and MLB.

Bloch was the arbitrator who ruled that the Philadelphia Eagles were justified in suspending and deactivating Terrell Owens from their roster in 2005.  He was also the arbitrator that ruled ...

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