NHL cancels first two weeks of upcoming season

Owners, players still negotiating contract

NEW YORK - The National Hockey League has announced 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 the 24th.

The league says the cancellations were necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL.

Representatives for the two sides have met sporadically and agreed to some of the minor, non-economic issues.

The announcement was made in a two-paragraph statement from the NHL. It isn't clear if those games will be made up, allowing for a complete 82-game regular season, if a deal can be struck soon with the locked out players.

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