NHL games cancelled until December 30 over labor dispute

By on Dec 11, 2012 in Ice Hockey, Sports, United States Comments

Updated: January 6, 2013 8:10 p.m.

Read NHL lockout update: NHL and NHLPA talks resume, CBA deal closure making progress

The National Hockey League (NHL) announced on Monday, December 10, 2012 that the NHL games until Sunday, December 30, 2012 have been cancelled, following the announcement of the league last October cancelling their games until November 30, 2012, as part of the ongoing NHL lockout.

NHL lockout end placard

NHL fan, carrying a placard, requesting the
end of NHL lockout

Image Credit: Jared Wickerham

According to a post at NHL.com that day, the said NHL 2012-13 regular-season games were cancelled after the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the NHL was not met again.

As noted in the report, NHL has already cancelled a total of 526 regular-season games, or 42.8 percent of the season, which were scheduled from October 11 through December 30, 2012. The 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend set for January 26-27, 2013, as well as the 2013 Winter Classic games were canceled earlier.

Shortly after the announcement, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly sent an email to the New York Daily News, saying that “he does not anticipate any owners participating” the next time the league and players’ union will meet. The NHL players will be missing 13 paychecks for the games, including the cancelled games until December 30.

Daly noted that no schedule of future talks over the labor dispute was finalized, but the league and union are hopeful to reconvene this week to settle the issues, and that the players will attend the next negotiation meeting even if owners will not.

Last Thursday, NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr said in press conference that a deal between the team owners and players association is likely to be reached. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters that he is expecting to save at least 48 games, the same length of the season after the 1994-95 NHL lockout.

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