2005
CANADA NEWS

Game over: NHL cancels season

from CBC.ca archives | Wed, 16 Feb 2005

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman cancelled the hockey season Wednesday after a series of 11th-hour offers by the league and the Players' Association failed to produce a new collective bargaining agreement.

"When I stood before you in September, I said NHL teams would not play again until our economic problems had been solved," Bettman said from New York.

"As I stand before you today, it is my sad duty to announce that because that solution has not yet been attained, it no longer is practical to conduct even an abbreviated season. Accordingly, I have no choice but to announce the formal cancellation of play for 2004-05."

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman cancelled the 2004-05 season on Wednesday (CP PHOTO/Paul Chiasson)

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman cancelled the 2004-05 season on Wednesday (CP PHOTO/Paul Chiasson)