NHL Games Cancelled Through to 30 December

December 11, 2012

There will be no Ice Hockey for National Hockey League fans until next year after two more weeks of games were cancelled through to 30 December.

The league continues to talk with the Players’ Association over a solution to the row over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Their latest set of talks broke down last week after fans and players alike had admitted they were more hopeful of a breakthrough than at any point during the lockout, which has been in place since the summer.

A total of 526 regular-season games – 42.8 percent of the season – were scheduled for the period from 11 October to December 30.

The warring parties hope to talk again later this week, and the cancellation of only another 16 days worth of games is taken as a broad hint that a result might not be too far off.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week, after the most recent round of negotiations, that a season must consist of at least 48 games to protect its integrity, the same number played during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season.