While submitting a formal proposal in the hopes of labor peace, the NHL Players Association showed strong solidarity Tuesday as some of the top names in the game showed their support.

That group included Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, who stood front and center with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Washington's Alex Ovechkin while NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr addressed reporters at the union offices in Toronto.

The players' offer came a month after the league tendered its initial offer and a month before the current collective bargaining agreement expires Sept. 15.

"Our proposal had been in the works for some time and it took a while, it's not something that came together overnight,'' Stamkos said in a telephone interview. "There were conference calls all along the way, so to physically be there and see it presented, it was a good experience to be a part of.''