NHL cancels some preseason games

Don Fehr, executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association addressed the press on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Story highlights

  • Games through September 30 won't be rescheduled
  • Another game, set for October 3, also was canceled
  • League called off preseason games last in 2004
  • That was followed by the cancellation of the season

The National Hockey League has canceled preseason games through September 30, citing the lack of a labor agreement, the league announced Wednesday.

The schedule was to begin Sunday, but the NHL said, "The cancellation of the schedule was necessary because of the absence of a collective bargaining agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL."

In all, 61 games were canceled, including an October 3 game scheduled for Belleville, Ontario. The league said festivities for the special game will still go on as planned.

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The last time the NHL canceled preseason games was in 2004, which preceded a yearlong lockout of the players by the owners.

The regular season is scheduled to begin October 11.

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