Pic via Brandon Welch, and Puck Daddy

The official statement in the press release reads as such:

NEW YORK (September 19, 2012) – The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012 preseason schedule through Sept. 30. In addition, the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game, scheduled for Oct. 3 in Belleville, Ontario, has been postponed to 2013.

The cancellation of the schedule was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

While the Kraft Hockeyville game has been postponed, many of the scheduled celebrations in the winning community of Stirling-Rawdon, Ontario, will proceed as planned beginning on September 30.

Congrats on winning the chance to host an NHL game, Belleville!

The good news is, there’s no reason to panic. Why: the players hated those games. The rosters were watered down for the fans. The games weren’t that much cheaper to attend. The NHL season can still start on time. Nothing changed, really.

But, it is the first domino to fall in the not-so-fun game of cancelling dates, so I did feel the first twinge of concern when I heard the news. Pierre LeBrun has termed the next 7-10 day period crucial for this year’s regular season. If they don’t get an agreement done in that time frame… /collar tug, forehead sweat

Comments (4)

  1. I’m not sure for whom I should have more contempt. On the one side, there are the owners who feel justified in taking the last dollar from the fans’ pockets under the guise that they are the ones solely responsible for putting a good product on the ice. Seriously? Good product? Should we look at the bottom fifteen teams from the 2011-2012 season? On the other side, we have the arrogant players who think they are worth more than God. Where do you get off, thinking that you are worth $5mil – $7.5mil or $10mil a season to ‘play’ a game! Outrageous! Here’s a deal for you: over the next three to five years, start reducing everyone’s salary to a top rate of $2mil a season, reduce the outlandish ticket prices to a quarter of what they are now and let the fans have fun watching a ‘game’ instead of a high-priced, sub-standard business we see on the ice today! For now, the fans win; they aren’t spending any money! It’s only short term though; when the ‘games’ begin again, ticket prices will probably be higher! Everyone will need to recoup their preseason ‘losses’!! After all, it’s not a game anymore; it’s only a business!

  2. I’ve lost respect for both sides. This lockout is pure greed. This family will boycott purchasing NHL tickets, we will follow the junior league, perhaps they should replace the over paid players with the juniors….just my thought.

  3. There is one preseason game missed that sucks, the Brooklyn game. It would have been nice to see how suitable it actually was for a hockey team.

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