September 12, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHLPA executive director Don Fehr (center) flanked by Vancouver Canucks player Manny Malhotra (left) and Winnipeg Jets player Ron Hainsey (right) during a press conference at the 2012 NHLPA summer player meetings at the Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Lockout 2012: It Begins... NHL Cancels First Round of Regular Season Games

The NHL announced today the first regular season casulties of the 2012-13 lockout. The official notice was short and to the point. From

The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through October 24. A total of 82 regular-season games were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Oct. 24.

The cancellation was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

 Of course, we are all aware that the NHL had already cancelled all pre-season games, but there was some hope, however slight, that a last minute deal would save any regular season games. Once again, our hopes have been dashed. And it’s likely not the last round of games to be cancelled.

All of this, of course, as the Players’ Association and the league fail to hold regular, consistent formal talks. Things are bleak around here, fans.

Jer is praying for the miracle that will save the rest of this season. Follow him on Twitter @JerMeansWell.

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