COLUMBUS, OHIO – The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular season schedule through November 30. The cancellation of the games was necessary due to the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets had 13 games scheduled during the month of November, including six home contests at Nationwide Arena – Nov. 2 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 6 vs. Calgary, Nov. 10 vs. Los Angeles, Nov. 13 vs. Nashville, Nov. 27 vs. Dallas and Nov. 30 vs. Los Angeles.
"The National Hockey League deeply regrets having to take this action. By presenting a proposal to the NHLPA that contemplated a fair division of revenues and was responsive to Player concerns regarding the value of their contracts, we had hoped to be able to forge a long-term Collective Bargaining Agreement that would have preserved an 82-game Regular Season for our fans. Unfortunately, that did not occur.
“We acknowledge and accept that there is joint responsibility in collective bargaining and, though we are profoundly disappointed that a new agreement has not been attained to this point, we remain committed to achieving an agreement that is fair for the Players and the Clubs -- one that will be good for the game and our fans."
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