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