NHL Cancels Games Through October 24th

The National hockey League released a statement Thursday, Oct. 4th, cancelling all 2012-13 regular season games through Oct. 24th. Here’s the statement from the NHL:

NEW YORK (October 4, 2012) – The National Hockey League announced
today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through
October 24.  A total of 82 regular-season games were scheduled for Oct. 11
through Oct. 24.

The cancellation was necessary because of the absence of a Collective
Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

According to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, the league lost about $100 million from cancelling the preseason games. Daly also issued this statement regarding the cancellation of games:

“We were extremely disappointed to have to make today’s announcement. The game deserves better, the fans deserve better and the people who derive income from their connection to the NHL deserve better. We remain committed to doing everything in our power to forge an agreement that is fair to the players, fair to the teams and good for our fans. This is not about ‘winning’ or ‘losing’ a negotiation. This is about finding a solution that preserves the long-term health and stability of the League and the game. We are committed to getting this done.”

This announcement was just two days after a negotiation session between the NHL and the National Hockey League Player’s Association on Tuesday. Reportedly, no progress was made during that meeting either…as evidenced by this grim statement. Hockey fans everywhere can now be found in corners everywhere, trying to deal with their grief.

Sources: http://www.nhl.com/

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