The NHL, still hungover from holiday induced levels of tryptophan – has announced the cancellation of the regular season through December 14th, 2012. There now have been 422 games cancelled; almost 35 percent of the season. Along with the cancellation of regular season games, the Winter Classic was axed the last go around, and this time the people of Columbus, Ohio will be losing the 60th annual All Star Game, their frst chance at hosting the events.
While the NHL has announced that ticket holder for Winter Classic Event can hold on to their 2013 ticket for events at a future date; the primary ticket holder for the All Star game can recieve a full refund for their All Star Game ticket. The NHL has put a window of just 10 days on refundability. The All Star Game will probably return to Columbus for the 2016 edition. There is no All Star Game scheduled for next season due to the Olympic year, and the 2015 host city has not been announced. The last lockot cancelled the All Star game, originally scheduled for Atlanta – but the Turin Olympics and a host by the Dallas Stars prevented its return to Atlanta.
The next cancellation by the NHL will presumably be the doomsday toll – cancelling the entire 2012-2013 season.