The National Hockey League has canceled all regular-season games through December 30, 2012 due to the continued work stoppage that has caused the league to miss a total of 526 games, which amounts to 43 percent of the season, as well as cancel the New Year's Day Winter Classic, scheduled to be played in Ann Arbor Michigan between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Redwings, and the 2013 All-Star Weekend scheduled for January 25-26 in Columbus, Ohio. The work stoppage stems from the National Hockey League owners and NHL Players' Association's inability to agree on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The last work stoppage saw the NHL miss the entire 2004-2005 season, and the most recent wave of cancelations move the league closer to missing another season. With any hope the NHL owners and NHLPA can come to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and salvage some of the regular-season, like was done in 1994-1995 when the NHL shortened its season to 48 games due to work stoppage. That season began on January 20.
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