The National Hockey League announced this past Friday that all regular-season games scheduled through December 14 and the All-Star weekend scheduled for January 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio have been canceled due to the continuing inability of the National Hockey League owners and NHL Players' Association to come to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
This current wave of cancelations brings the total number of regular-season games that have been lost due to the current work stoppage to 422, which is equal to 34.3 percent of regular-season games. The cancelation of the All-Star weekend in Columbus, Ohio is also a big deal because the Blue Jackets' have been one of the teams struggling to grow both financially and in fan base over the past couple of seasons and the hope was to revitalize a fan base in Columbus with the all-star game. The All-Star weekend has proven to help revitalize struggling fan bases as is did in 2007 in Dallas, Texas for the Dallas Stars and 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina for the Carolina Hurricanes.
There is no timetable for when a new Collective Bargaining Agreement will be in place, and as more games are canceled the reality of having even a shortened season (like the NBA did last season) grows more and more dim. It is almost safe to assume that if no Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place around the turn of the new year, there will most likely not be a 2012-2013 National Hockey League season.
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