NHL Cancels Games Through October 24th

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM EDT

By WKBW Sports

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NHL Cancels Games Through October 24th

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW/Sabres Press Release) --- The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through Oct. 24. The cancellation of the schedule was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL. (See below for NHLPA Statement)

As a result, the following Buffalo Sabres games at First Niagara Center have been cancelled: Oct. 13 vs. Pittsburgh; Oct. 16 vs. Detroit; Oct. 19 vs. New York Rangers; Oct. 24 vs. New Jersey.

The Sabres will continue to maintain contact with all season ticket holders and mini pack holders regarding the work stoppage and ticket refunds due to missed games. As previously communicated, the Sabres will offer the following options to our season ticket holders and mini pack holders who have purchased tickets for the 2012-13 season:

Option 1: At the end of each month, the Sabres will refund any games that are cancelled by the NHL. For example, on Nov. 1, the Sabres will refund all regular-season games that were cancelled by the NHL in the month of October. The refund process will be communicated to our season-ticket holders and mini pack ticket-holders (via email and/or mail) if and when games have been cancelled by the NHL.

Option 2: The Sabres will offer season-ticket holders and mini pack ticket-holders 4% simple interest per annum on the value of the games that are cancelled by the NHL.

Ticket holders will be able to choose which option they would prefer.

Fans that have purchased individual game tickets will be automatically credited for all games that have been cancelled.

A comprehensive information guide regarding the NHL work stoppage and the Sabres’ ticket refund policy is available at Sabres.com and will be communicated to all ticket-holders through email and mail.

For more information on the work stoppage and continuing negotiations, visit NHL.com.

NHLPA Statement:

TORONTO (NHLPA) – Don Fehr, National Hockey League Players’ Association Executive Director, released the following statement regarding today’s decision by the NHL to cancel...games through October 24, 2012:

“The decision to cancel the first two weeks of the NHL season is the unilateral choice of the NHL owners. If the owners truly cared about the game and the fans, they would lift the lockout and allow the season to begin on time while negotiations continue. A lockout should be the last resort in bargaining, not the strategy of first resort. For nearly 20 years, the owners have elected to lock-out the players in an effort to secure massive concessions. Nevertheless, the players remain committed to playing hockey while the parties work to reach a deal that is fair for both sides. We hope we will soon have a willing negotiating partner.”