The National Hockey League canceled the rest of the 2012 preseason Thursday, just a day before negotiations were set to resume in an effort to end the lockout.
The NHL said the cancellation of the preseason schedule was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL.
The cancellations affect the New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche game that was set to be played at Kansas City's Sprint Center on Oct. 6.
Refunds for the previously scheduled contest will be available starting Friday at 10 a.m. Credit card transactions will be automatically refunded. Cash purchases will be refunded at point of purchase when people present their tickets at Sprint Center Box Office. For additional information, visit nhl.com.
The league announced its second cancellation of preseason games in a two-sentence statement. NHL owners locked out players on Sept. 16 when the collective bargaining agreement expired.
The NHL had already called off all the exhibition games scheduled in September. The regular season is supposed to begin on Oct. 11.
Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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