The NHL announced on Thursday that the first two weeks of the regular season have been officially cancelled as a result of the lockout, meaning the first 82 games through Oct. 24 have been wiped out.
This marks the NHL’s fourth work stoppage in the last two decades and the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season brings the total number of NHL games lost to lockouts to 1,780 … and counting. That’s more than Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL combined.
Commissioner Gary Bettman has already stated that the NHL recovered well from the last lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-05 season “because we have the world’s greatest fans.”
But those fans are angry now and time will tell how they respond when the lockout eventually ends.
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Meanwhile, the labour talks did resume quietly on Friday with an unnanounced meeting at the NHLPA headquarters in Toronto with Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly sitting down with Donald Fehr and special counsel Steve Fehr. The two sides were expected to be in touch by phone over the weekend and set up another negotiating session for next week. Read more about that by clicking here.
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