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Updated Apr 30, 2015 - 8:32 pm

NHL cancels September slate of preseason games

NEW YORK – The NHL canceled its entire September preseason game schedule
on Wednesday, the first on-ice casualty of the four-day lockout.

The league is wiping out all games through Sept. 30, a move it deems
“necessary because of the absence of a collective bargaining agreement” with
the players’ association.

The NHL also said the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game, scheduled for Oct.
3 in Belleville, Ontario, has been postponed until 2013, bringing the total to
60 games called off on Wednesday.

The regular season is scheduled to begin on Oct. 11.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league has “no set policy on
cancellations” of other games.

Also Wednesday, a person familiar with the plan says NHL employees at the
league offices will switch to a four-day work week Oct. 1 because of the

The move will effectively cut salaries by 20 percent. The person spoke on
condition of anonymity Wednesday because the NHL hadn’t made the plan public.

The news was first reported by The Canadian Press.

The Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators have let staff go because of the
lockout, while several other teams have said they don’t have any plans to do so
as of now.

The league locked out its players at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, its fourth shutdown
since 1992.

The preseason cancellations included a Washington Capitals game against the
Columbus Blue Jackets on Sept. 26 in Baltimore.

Last year, in the inaugural Baltimore Hockey Classic, the Capitals hosted the
Nashville Predators and drew a sold-out crowd.


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