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NHL cancels All-Star Game, schedule through Dec. 14

Nov 23, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

2013 NHL All-Star Game logo

Stop us if you’ve heard this before — following another round of failed CBA negotiations, the NHL has canceled a slate of games and a marquee league event.

This time, it’s all contests from Dec. 1-14 and the 2013 All-Star Game, which was to be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Jan. 27.

“The reality of losing more regular-season games as well as the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus is extremely disappointing,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “We feel badly for NHL fans and particularly those in Columbus, and we intend to work closely with the Blue Jackets organization to return the NHL All-Star events to Columbus and their fans as quickly as possible.”

News of the cancelations comes two days after NHLPA boss Donald Fehr claimed there was “no reciprocity” from the NHL after the union’s latest CBA offering.

The two sides broke off talks on Wednesday, didn’t meet Thursday and only had a brief conversation on Friday.

The latest round of cancelations brings the overall total to 422 — 423, if you count the All-Star Game.

(That’s 34.3 percent of the season for you mathletes out there.)

Speaking of the All-Star Game, this marks the third time in NHL history the event has been canceled due to a work stoppage.

The 1995 ASG in San Jose was scrapped — the Sharks were awarded the 1997 game instead — as was the 2005 game, which was supposed to be held in Atlanta (the Thrashers were later given the 2008 game.)


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  1. jimw81 - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    i guess nhl is going to cancel Christmas next week.

    NHL needs to stop living in a fantasy world inwhich Fehr is misrepresenting will of constituency and come back to reality.

    I guess the next step is desertification.

    • stercuilus65 - Nov 25, 2012 at 4:42 AM

      Decertification but desertification actually is pretty good description as it is.

  2. bcsteele - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Cancel the season..both sides can screw off.

  3. qauzaq - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Who cares anymore. Seriously no more news until there is something good to report. I’m sick the NHL’s scare tactics and the players childish behavior…it’s bs and I’m done

  4. bills4 - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    The players and the league are living in a dream world if they think that people care anymore. They all think they are way more important than they really are!

  5. flyeredup - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Yes! Kill the next 3 seasons! This 35 year fan is never coming back! Way to screw up a $3.3 Billion gig.

    Rot NHL, Rot! Great news here!

    • lordfletcher - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      you’re never coming back but yet you post on NHL news ???

      I have a strong suspicion you’ll be back… and by the latest of this time next year.

  6. rockthered1286 - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Bettman in early 2013-
    “we’ve done it! We’ve reached an agreement! I mean… The season is lost, as are the vast majority of fans and sponsorships. And merch sales have tanked. And seats are mostly empty. And tv ratings are abysmal. But we got our way and that’s all that matters right?”

  7. shoobiedoobin - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Taking sides is what they want. Patience is what they want. To the, we’re suckers.

    So I say both sides are being stupid. I side with no one. I give the NHL absolutely NONE of my money until both sides can stop this stupid garbage. If we all adopted this mentality this farce would end sooner and not happen again.

    • tatdue - Nov 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Actually, blaming both sides is a win for the owners…..think about it. The owners get to hold the season ransom until the players give in to all demands (in other words take it up the arse) and you blame the players for it as much as the owners….hell you might as well send your favorite owner a present and tell them thanks for taking the season away, I’m looking forward to you guys doing it again in 6 or 7 years!……THINK ABOUT IT!

      • shoobiedoobin - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        I am thinking about it and I realize the players need the owners and the owners need the players. The league won’t magically fill roster spots for every team and players won’t make the cash they do in the NHL consistently anywhere else. You take sides, and you participate in a stupid pissing contest.

  8. rodeoclowndc - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    F*ck ’em. I’m done with this for this year at the very least.

  9. lrg51 - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    My family and I are avid Sabres Fans and love hockey enough to watch 6-8 game a week. You know what? Bettman, the NHL and the players can go take a phucking season off.

    We’re not waiting for you to get over yourselves…

    C’Ya. next year… Maybe…

  10. mrchainbluelightning - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    I won’t be back as long as Bettman and Daly are part of the NHL. So they can go ahead, lose a season get it figured out next year, but if those two remain, I’ll never shell out a single dime for anything to do with the NHL, nor will I watch a game on TV. I’ll be sure to steal as much as I can online and pay nothing for it and help the ratings in no way.

  11. bleedingteal4life - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    The owners just boned themselves. By canceling the all star game they thru away their leverage. Minus the remaining paychecks, the players have nothing more to lose. Oh and about those paychecks, turns out the NHL isn’t the organization with money to burn. With each new player that goes overseas, the NHL loses more and more of its bargaining power. The players could have saved the season by giving in to the owners ridiculous demands, but alas, they weren’t willing to take such a huge hit and martyr themselves for their fans.
    Season is done, and at this point, so am I…

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Nov 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      Apparently you, like everyone else has missed the All-Star Game for the better part of 2 decades. Not very fun to watch. Scorers score, defenseman think they are the second coming of Marian Gaborik and play as much defense as you and I do in the All-Star Game, and goalies have no chance.

  12. capone888 - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I think I speak for the fans when I say, “Go to Hell NHL ‘and’ NHLPA!”

  13. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Me sobbing hysterically, as the All-Star Game is always such a breathtakingly exciting and dramatic hockey game.

    • blomfeld - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      I agree … the ASG has been a joke for 30 “plus” years now … newer fans to the game don’t know that and yet you can’t blame them, as that’s all they’ve ever seen … anyway, good riddance to that garbage ! … the WC is infinitely more compelling and fun to watch … regardless, Bettman had better decide to get things going here pretty soon, or this is indeed going to become a pretty bleak winter … it’s getting nerve-racking now no doubt, however I’m still convinced that we’re going to see a deal being announced here shortly … :)

  14. johngaltx - Nov 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    I am sick of being treated like a chump.

    Time for action, Fan Action.

    Plot #1: I say we fans pick a weekend that has the most games and show up at the arenas. Demand a hockey game and when denied burn all our hockey stuff in the parking lots.

    Plot #2: Class Action Suit. I am a 20 game season ticket holder and have already been charged for tickets. My ticket book full of games came in the mail and THERE ARE NO GAMES. I am not the only one, and I say Breach of Contract! Fans can get lawyers too NHL and NHLPA. I am sure there are some lawyers out there that go to NHL games, well how about some Pro-Bono help here guys? TRIPLE DAMAGES!!!!

    Plot #3: We the Fans demand a seat at the table. Hear that NHL, NHPLA? We the fans, the people that pay all your salaries and create all the wealth that you are fighting over, DEMAND a seat at the table, preferably at the head of the table so you have to listen to our representative when we all meet.
    That 3.5 Billion dollars didn’t just fall out the sky you know.

    Those are my ideas.

    • frank433 - Nov 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Do what baseball fans did. Leave. Baseball lost a ton of fans after their last work stoppage. They had 8 stoppages in 25 uears. Guess what happened? They started to get deals done early. They haven’t had labor problems since 94/95. The fans left for years and the league listened.

      • crosberries - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        It’s easy to leave a sport that is boring to begin with and I’m talking about baseball of course

    • dutchboy012012 - Nov 23, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      I think all those that work in the arenas during a normal hockey season, from the ticket takers, to the beer sellers, to the souvenier shops, security, et al should be part of that class action law suit. Every non-hockey playing person that is losing income from this ridiculous lockout should get involved in a a suit.

  15. dutchboy012012 - Nov 23, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Open Letter to Mr. Bettman –

    You’ve had 8 years to work on this – you failed.
    Within days of the last agreement being signed Managers were offering multi million dollar contracts to players – you failed.
    Public Relations this time around – you failed.
    Understanding that not only does this lockout affect players and fans, it also affects those thousand of workers who work the arenas for every game – you fail again.

    Time for you to take your ego, pack up and get out of town.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Hey, come on, fair is fair, so let’s balance the ledger with his greatest success: the Atlanta Thrashers. Oh, wait.

  16. terminalcityhockey - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Congratulations to the NHL for managing to transform me from a season ticket holding Canucks fan to a NFL fan. Won’t be renewing my tickets.

    • zetaone - Nov 24, 2012 at 3:24 AM

      And there is only two more months of football left :/
      Time to find a new hobby I guess.

  17. id4joey - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    If you were paying attention, this announcement should come as a surprise

    id4joey | Nov 21, 2012, 8:52 AM ES
    “you can expect the NHL to announce later today the cancellation of all games from Dec 1 to 14.If not, then they will be in a negotiation marathon trying to resolve this conflict by the end of this week. What will it be for the players? Another lost pay check or an agreement?”

    “On a positive note, the ASG, and games in Dec haven’t been cancelled yet. Will the ownership cancel either one to put pressure on the PA? Certainly canceling games in Dec will have a crushing effect on the union, and perhaps the final blow to break them. C’mon players. Think! Stop shooting yourselves in the foot.”

  18. ddkendall - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    I’ve said it before and I will repeat it again. You have millionaires arguing with billionaires over money and because of massive egos you have totally screwed up the sport. You make noise about really feeling bad for the fans well this fan says save your sympathy – I don’t want it. I will not be back in an NHL stadium again. I am getting my hockey itch scratched by watching NCAA hockey and you know what? It is really good and exciting hockey and those young men DO CARE when they see fans in the bleachers. So NHL go screw yourself royally.

  19. id4joey - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Correction should come as no surprise.

  20. bills4 - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Players will never make up what they lose with no season. This shows how stupid they are. Don fear is the pied piper and the players are the rats!

  21. timmons94 - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    I am done with NHL. Still follow AHL. But tired of this bs. In 1997-2002 had pens season tix. About 35-45 a pop for d level. Those seats are about 90-100 now. Most people’s pay checks haven’t doubled. These guys cry about money. Go out in real world and try to make 800k. Or 12 mill. Good luck boys

  22. thedavesiknowiknow - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    “Team Blue”, or “Team Europe”, or “Team East”. or “Team Stamkos”, or “Team Whatever” are taking the news hard. They were fired up for this one.

  23. paledevil - Nov 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    when Merch get to 80% off.. I might buy…

  24. id4joey - Nov 23, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    The next axe will fall on Dec 7th if no deal is reached. Another 2 weeks of hockey down the drain. Players, get your act together if you want to see some $$$$$ this year.

  25. redwings26135 - Nov 23, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    See these responses Gary Bettmen and Donald Fehr? These are real people, or in your eyes valuable fans who aren’t going to pay attention to the NHL from now on. I don’t care which side is good or bad, the fact of the matter is everybody on both sides are making more money than I will ever make and they’re screwing over everybody else. This is ridiculous and pitiful…With that said, the exact people who should look at these blogs and news sites won’t because they’re too scared of reality. We’re all preaching to the choir.

  26. rainyday56 - Nov 24, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Dec 3 I’m sticking by that date.

  27. williplett - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    Over the course of the last year the Blue Jackets have lost their captain, lost the first pick in the draft because of the lottery system the NHL employs, had Jeff Carter talk his way out of town and had their All Star game cancelled because of the lockout. Hell, Ryan Murray just got injured as well. When does this franchise become the next Atlanta Thrashers? They are one of the franchises that have a long record of losing money and good things do not appear to be on the horizon in Columbus. Will Gary and the owners have the guts to make a move anytime soon?

  28. id4joey - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    question: doesl the ownership (not Bettman) have the guts to cancel the season?
    answer: they did in 04/05, and will so it again if they have to.

  29. johninpa - Nov 24, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Heard behind the scenes at at NHL negotiations.

    “Well fellas, we’re solving that popularity problem. I was starting to get worried about the increase in revenues, the growing popularity of the game in general, especially the all star game and the Winter Classic. Those big gains in TV viewership were becoming a problem.”

    “Yeah, and we players were starting to make too much money. A lot of good players were becoming household names they were so popular. And hockey sweaters, way too many hockey sweaters out on the streets. Thanks to this work stoppage, we can take a huge step backward. I’m tired of my fans recognizing me when I’m out on the street.”

    What are they thinking, anyway?

  30. oldcat157 - Nov 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Cancel the season, decertify, and let AHL reign as the new hockey league.

    This is going to be great year for football and basketball. Thank you.

  31. xjokerz - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Oh well the NHL is less popular than bowling. See ya

  32. elvis227 - Nov 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    CUM ON MAN Lets play some Hockey

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