At 12:05 AM, the NHL released a statement on their website to let the fans know that the league is officially going through a lockout an impasse in negotiations over passing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
"The Sept. 15 deadline for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association passed without an agreement being reached.
As a result, training camps will not open until agreement on a new CBA is reached.
Executives from the NHL and NHLPA last met Wednesday, when proposals for a new CBA were exchanged. An agreement was not reached and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday no formal negotiating sessions are scheduled.
"We spoke [Saturday] and determined that there was no point in convening a formal bargaining session in light of the fact that neither side is in a position to move off of its last proposal," Daly said. "I'm sure we will keep in touch in the coming days and schedule meetings to the extent they might be useful or appropriate. We are sorry for where we are. Not what we hoped or expected."
Stoppages are nothing new for the National Hockey League. In April of 1992, the Players Association went on strike, however, that only lasted 10 days. In 1994 and 2004, the league went through two lockouts. The former cut the season from 84 games to 48 while the latter went on for 310 days. Many people believe that this current one could carry over into 2013. Let's hope they are wrong.