NHL Cancels Preseason Due to Lockout

September 12, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHLPA executive director Don Fehr (center) flanked by Vancouver Canucks player Manny Malhotra (left) and Winnipeg Jets player Ron Hainsey (right) during a press conference at the 2012 NHLPA summer player meetings at the Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

 

The NHL has officially announced that the league’s September Preseason games have been cancelled. Although this decision was expected, the news is still a bit jarring. The reality of the lockout is beginning to set in for most hockey fans. Speculation and rumor are now worries of the past; the lockout is here and, sadly, we are missing hockey.

The cancellation of the preseason also puts the league’s opening day in jeopardy. Regular-season play is slated to begin on October 11th, but that would only allow for three weeks of mediation to work out a new labor deal and subsequently get players in game shape.

Topics: CBA, Donald Fehr, Gary Bettman, St. Louis Blues

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