The National Hockey League has canceled all regular-season games through January 14, 2013, as the league owners and the National Hockey League Players' Association continue to work towards a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. This is the newest wave of cancelations, previous set of cancelations lost games through December 30, 2012, and with it comes the question: will there be any hockey played for the 2012-2013 regular-season?
A total of 625 regular-season games, 50.8 percent of the season, the New Year's Day Winter Classic, scheduled to be played in Ann Arbor, Michigan between the Detroit Redwings and Toronto Maple Leafs, and the 2013 All-Star Weekend, scheduled for January 25-26 in Columbus, Ohio, have all been lost, so far, due to the lack of a Collective Bargaining Agreement, and if both sides do not reach an agreement before mid-January the is a good chance the 2012-2013 will be the second full season lost due to work stoppage during Gary Bettman's tenure as NHL Commissioner.
With any hopes, this work stoppage will end like the 1994-1995 work stoppage which saw the regular season be cut from 84 to 48 games and the regular-season begin on January 11.
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