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NHL Lockout 2012: Preseason Games Canceled Through September 30

The NHL has announced the cancellation of all preseason games through Sept. 30, which includes the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game that was originally scheduled for Oct. 3. In total, 61 games across the NHL were canceled due to the ongoing labor dispute between the NHL and NHLPA.

From the NHL:

The cancellation of the schedule was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL.

While the Kraft Hockeyville game has been postponed, many of the scheduled celebrations in the winning community of Stirling-Rawdon, Ontario, will proceed as planned beginning on Sept. 30.

This cancellation includes four Dallas Stars games that were to be held from Sept. 25 to Sept. 29. The exhibition game between the Stars and the Minnesota Wild in Boise, Idaho is included in these games, which was meant to help promote the sport in the home town of the Stars' CHL affiliate.

The exhibition game between the Stars and the Phoenix Coyotes in San Antonio, Texas has also been canceled.

For more coverage of the Stars as well as further NHL lockout news and analysis, check out Defending Big D as well as this SB Nation Dallas StoryStream.

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