BOSTON (CBS) – The hope that there will be hockey this year is growing dimmer by the day.
With no collective bargaining agreement between the NHL Owners and NHLPA, the league cancelled all games through December 14 on Friday.
Included in Friday’s casualties is the 2013 NHL All-Star game, which was supposed to be held in Columbus, Ohio.
“The reality of losing more regular-season games as well as the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus is extremely disappointing,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “We feel badly for NHL fans and particularly those in Columbus, and we intend to work closely with the Blue Jackets organization to return the NHL All-Star events to Columbus and their fans as quickly as possible.”
The total number of games now cancelled by the NHL is up to 423 — 34.3-percent of the season — which includes the 2013 Winter Classic between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings at Michigan Stadium.
Closer to home, the Boston Bruins have now lost 29 games — 17 home and 12 away.