20 Sep 2012

NHL lockout wipes out first week of pre-season

11:24 am on 20 September 2012

The lockout by North America's National Hockey League has claimed its first casualties as the league announced it has cancelled the first week of preseason games given the absence of a collective bargaining agreement.

The NHL, in the midst of its fourth work stoppage in 20 years, said in a statement that the pre-season, set to open this weekEnd, was cancelled, chopping 60 games off the schedule.

A league-wide lockout was imposed by the NHL last weekend when the previous labor agreement expired with the owners and players at odds over how to divide a 4 billion dollar revenue pie.

The season is scheduled to start on October 11th.

Some big-name players, including NHL Most Valuable Player, Evgeni Malkin, has signed a deal to play in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

The work stoppage is the first in the NHL since a lockout wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.