The National Hockey League announced on Wednesday that all preseason games around the league through Sept. 30 will be cancelled. Here is the official statement from the NHL:
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 Sept. 30.
With news of preseason games being cancelled, the NHL has a mess on their hands. They simply cannot afford to have a lengthy lockout. Missing preseason games, while thoroughly disappointing from a financial standpoint and a fan's standpoint, isn't the end of the world. However, with no agreement in sight between the NHL and the NHLPA, the chances of the regular season starting on time aren't good. And that is bad news for hockey fans.