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NHL cancels entire preseason

Sep 27, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

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The NHL announced Thursday that its remaining preseason schedule has been canceled.

On Sept. 19, the league announced the cancellation of its first 60 exhibition games, which included the Frozen Fury (annual LA Kings game in Las Vegas) and games in Boise, Baltimore and Regina.

The latest round of cancellations wipes out the Rangers-Kings affair in Kansas City (Oct. 6) and the New York Islanders-New Jersey Devils game at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center (which was rumored to be dead, now official.)

The exhibition campaign was set to begin on Sept. 23 and run through Oct. 7.

All told, the league has canceled 106 preseason games.


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  1. capesouth - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    So disappointed in this league and their tendency towards lockouts.

  2. sharksfan97 - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Hey NHL, you’re pathetic.

    • sjshark714 - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. I’ll see you at an SF Bulls game, sir.

  3. phillyphan93 - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Here we go! Damn!!!

  4. thezbrad - Sep 27, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Who needs pre-season when you have KHL…. says no one ever.

    • eyeh8goodell - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      Have you ever even watched a KHL game? I doubt it.

  5. ddkendall - Sep 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Obviously the owners and players learned NOTHING from the last work stoppage. Lets hope the fans learned something and will boycott at least part of the schedule when the two sides come to their senses and return to work.

  6. chrisvegas - Sep 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    3 lockouts in 20 years in not excusable. Buttman is the worst GM in any sport ever. I’m so pissed I want them to suffer for this. I hope the NHL loses alot of money!

  7. 8man - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Seems like one of those weird news segments from the first RoboCop movie:

    “And in sports news, the NFL’s officials are still locked out and the NHL’s players are locked out as well. So your Lions are getting screwed on the field and your Wings are getting screwed off the ice. Maybe they can get the NHL officials to run the NFL games. . Back to Bob, and the Detroit weather….”

    • eyeh8goodell - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      Followed by a commercial for the board game “Nuke ‘Em!”.

      • punkrulz24 - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:05 AM

        I’d buy that for a dollar!

  8. biffnasty - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM


  9. lunchboxray - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the owners are comparing the 2011 NBA lockout to the NHL lockout saying “the NBA didn’t lose too many fans neither will the NHL”. When it comes to life long fans, like myself, they very well may be right. But, what about all the newer fans that haven’t developed an emotional investment in a team?

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