With the NHL lockout still in effect, the league has cancelled the first 82 games of the regular season.

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The NHL lockout has finally hit the point of no return.  As has been feared since the Kings hoisted the cup and the 2011-2012 season officially ended, this latest work stoppage will cost fans games.  With no deal in sight, the NHL announced today that they would be canceling all games scheduled to take place through October 24th - 82 regular season games in all.

The announcement comes weeks after the NHL officially cancelled the preseason and just seven days before the regular season had been scheduled to begin.

The NHL and the NHL Players Association have been unable to reach a deal concerning a fair split of the 3 billion dollars of hockey-related revenues.  Though the sides have met recently, they are said to be no closer to making a deal.