New York, NY (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The National Hockey League has canceled regular season games through October 24 due to an ongoing labor dispute between the league and the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA), the league office announced on Thursday.
A total of 82 games were scheduled before that date, five of them involving the Minnesota Wild. It was not made clear whether the games would be rescheduled if an agreement was reached soon in the labor dispute.
"The game deserves better, the fans deserve better and the people who derive income from their connection to the NHL deserve better," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement on Thursday. "We remain committed to doing everything in our power to forge an agreement that is fair to the players, fair to the teams and good for our fans."
This was the first effect of the NHL lockout on the 2012-13 regular season, with the season originally set to open with games on October 11.