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Florida Panthers Dismiss Workers Three Days Into NHL’s Lockout

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Sept. 19 (Bloomberg) -- The Florida Panthers fired an undisclosed number of employees, three days into the National Hockey League’s lockout.

Michael Yormark, president of Sunrise Sports & Entertainment -- the company that operates the Panthers -- said that the reductions were “due primarily to the NHL work stoppage.” He didn’t say how many staff members were let go.

The Panthers’ firings come one day after Ottawa Senators President Cyril Leeder said the team has made temporary staff cuts and had full-time employees go to a shortened work week. The NHL locked out its players on Sept. 16 after failing to agree on a new labor contract, the league’s third work stoppage in 18 years.

“We thank all of those former staff members for their efforts, while SSE’s human resources department has volunteered to work with these former staff members to assist them in finding new employment,” the Panthers’ Yormark said in a statement.

The 2012-13 season was scheduled to begin Oct. 11.

With the lockout, 2011-12 NHL Most Valuable Player Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins is among those players who are making plans to play outside the U.S. Malkin signed with Russia’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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