The National Hockey League has started canceling pre-season games through September 30th. For the Blackhawks that wipes out four of the team’s six pre-season games.
Still on the schedule are exhibition games on October 5th in Pittsburgh and October 6th at the United Center against Philadelphia.
Many players throughout the NHL are starting to make plans to play in Europe, especially if this is an extended dispute.
There are other casualties beside the games; some teams have already begun laying off employees, however, Blackhawks are not one of them. Many stadium workers will also lose income during this time, similar to last year’s NBA labor problems.
The previous NHL lockout in the 2004-2005 cost the players, leagues, and fans a full season.