NHL wipes out first two weeks
The NHL canceled the first two weeks of the 2012-13 regular season on Thursday with still no quick end in sight to the labor dispute with locked-out players.
The decision impacts 82 games that were scheduled from Oct. 11-24 and marked the first time regular season action has been canceled since a lockout wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.
The union representing NHL players pointed the finger at the owners, saying the decision to cancel games was made by them.
“If the owners truly cared about the game and the fans, they would lift the lockout and allow the season to begin on time while negotiations continue,” NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr said in a statement.
“A lockout should be the last resort in bargaining, not the strategy of first resort.”
Among the early games canceled was the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings’ home opener versus the New York Rangers on Oct. 12 and a matchup of Original Six NHL teams on Oct. 13 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.
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