Thursday, August 16, 2012
As the current NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement draws closer to expiration on September 15th, it's reached the point of uncertainty for fans throughout the hockey world. And the longer the potential for a lockout looms in the not-too-distant future, there appears to be no choice but to cancel various events due to the hazy outlook. In March, the NHL cancelled the European Premiere games for the 2012-13 season, which had seen various NHL teams start their season in different cities across Europe for the last five years. Now, the latest salvo comes from the Detroit Red Wings, as GM Ken Holland announced today the cancellation of the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan (the training camp home of the Red Wings). Today's news was broken by New York Times hockey writer and former New York Islanders P.R. manager Chris Botta via Twitter.