NHL Announces Cancellation of Schedule Through Dec. 14 and 2013 All-Star Weekend in Columbus

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November 23rd, 2012

via press release:

NHL announces cancellation of schedule through Dec. 14 and 2013 All-Star Weekend in Columbus


NEW YORK - The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through December 14. The NHL also announced the cancellation of the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend scheduled for Jan. 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio. The cancellations are necessary due to the absence of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL.

A total of 422 regular-season games -- 34.3 percent of the season -- were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Dec. 14.

"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."

  • madbengalsfan85

    At this rate, the NHL will cancel the entire season (again) and this time, I don’t think it will recover

  • Gus

    madbengalfan85 you are probably correct on the first assumption and close to being correct on the second. All for the egos of small market owners who can’t compete will mean the possible of the NHL. And the face of this disaster will be none other than their official mouthpiece , Gary Bettman.

  • Gus

    The second sentence should read: “All for the egos of small market owners who can’t compete which will mean the possible end of the NHL.”

  • DenverDean

    Talk about shooting themselves in the foot – both the players and the league are throwing away all the gains made during the past few years. As a hockey fan, I come to realize, I’m not really missing it at all. Sad.

  • Tom

    New Headline: “League Nobody Except Canada Cares About Cancels Games Nobody Else Would Watch Anyway”

    It’s time to send the Russians home and literally put the NHL on ice.

  • E

    The NHL is in big trouble if they cancel the seaon. The only way they can survive is if they contract teams. There should be no more than 24 teams. The league needs to eliminate many of the teams in the south to continue.

  • jessica

    Next headline: NHL Fires Gary Bettman, Season Starting ASAP

    It is time to move the National Hockey League back to the nation where it started and unilaterally drop the American teams and their beloved Bett(ing)man. Let the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes and Dallas Stars form their own league if they wish and see it dominated by the WNBA and MSL. Much like there is a reason Jamaica’s bobsleigh team is a bit of a novelty forcing a winter sport like hockey on a nation with already dominant national sports and much of the people not living where they can enjoy the full experience of winter is comical by nature. CBC’s showing classic games on Saturdays is not that interesting. I still would rather watch live junior league games than 20 year old pro games.

  • Tom

    @ Jessica It’s the NHL that’s created it’s own problems. There are too many interruptions caused by fights, too many teams, too many mediocre players and the season is too long. I wish you could take the Canuk teams out of the NHL. However, remember that before the NHL and AHL merged, there were at least four major NHL franchises (Bruins, Rangers, Red Wings, Blackhawks)in the the states. Hockey at the professional level was never a purely Canadian thing. That’s because there’s not enough money in Canada. A Canadian pro league would probably end up with the same diminished stature as the CFL. So far as I can determine, hockey is still popular in the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S. So, with the exception of those teams, it’s time to seriously cull the remaining franchises and get the goons out of the game.

  • ToXiX

    Oh whatever. Don’t even bother this season. I hope ratings hit crucial new lows for this and as a hockey fan I don’t say that easily.

  • Thom

    Scrub next year’s Stanley Cup!
    Tournament is too long anyway!

  • Ray

    @Gus, it’s not only, or even, the egos of the small market team owners. There are many egos in the mix, considering only their narrow interests. In many ways, the game is rigged against the small market owners, even with the salary cap. Only 15% or so of the nationally televised games include small/new market teams. There is little revenue sharing. There are loopholes in the CBA that give large-market teams advantages. I’d like to see two to six small-market teams go away or move north but the cause of the problem doesn’t rest on the egos of their owners.

    @Jessica, when the NHL started 66.7% of the teams were in the United States. In 1967, when the league first expanded, 83.3% of the teams were in the United States. In 1979, when the WHA was absorbed, 71.5% of the teams were in the United States. Today, 76.7% of the teams are in the United States. U.S. teams are probably responsible for 65-72% of the league’s revenue. At what point in its history are you searching for the time when the United States wasn’t the dominant nation in the NHL? Also, at the time when the United States had the highest percentage of teams in the NHL, Gary Bettman was in high school. I’m not a fan of his and hope the sport shifts more northward, but your primary claim here has no basis in reality.

  • Ray


    1. The league existed for six years or so before bringing in an American team and another few after that before adding the other “Original Six.” So should we go back to the mid-1920s then? Sounds good.

    2. When the U.S. had the highest percentage of teams Bettman was not in high school. He was just getting out of law school. So maybe he is responsible for the historic U.S. presence after all.

  • Brian

    This is BS! This game is a Canadian game and it is one of our gifts to the world. These guys just ruined it all with big business. I love the game and will always go to Ottawa Senators games, but I hope that the NHL is not finished after this. What else am I going to look forward to for the fall and winter for sports?

  • Joseph

    If the entire season is cancelled, I suspect the NHL will pull a Hostess and go out of business.

    If that’s the case, we’ll probably see a “New Hockey League” in the Fall of 2014 with perhaps 16 teams: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and one in each of the 13 largest U.S. TV markets which had teams in the “old NHL”.

  • Tom

    @ Brian Try curling. I heard it’s big up there.

  • DuMont

    @ Brian
    Posted November 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM
    This is BS! This game is a Canadian game and it is one of our gifts to the world.
    @ Tom
    Posted November 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM
    @ Brian Try curling. I heard it’s big up there.

    Canadians also gifted the sports world with basketball in 1891 and the first version of rugby-derived North American football in 1874. Canadians seem to know a thing or two about inventing television-friendly sports for American audiences.

    If only lacrosse could catch on.

  • Jayme

    If there is a new league it would have to be the strongest markets not just based on the biggest tv market that would mean all Canadian teams plus the northeast teams and teams like Chicaogo/Minnesota.

  • Jayme

    The league won’t be done will some teams fold i could see that but the league will be ok.

  • Jayme

    Americans teams make up some revenue but no where near 72%.

    Some of the worst hits the last 5 years have not come from goons but top line players.

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