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NHL Lockout 2012: NHL Cancels Preseason Games Through September 30, Three Capitals Games Wiped Out

The National Hockey League preseason schedule through Sept. 30 has been cancelled, the league announced Wednesday. The cancellation is due to the lack of a collective bargaining agreement between NHL owners and the Players' Association.

This cancels three Washington Capitals preseason games, which includes the Baltimore Hockey Classic scheduled for Sept. 26 at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Capitals released this on their website Wednesday:

Per the Capitals' and Ticketmaster's refund policy, customers who purchased single-game tickets to events that are cancelled will receive a full refund.

Last year's inaugural Baltimore Hockey Classic, against the Nashville Predators, was a tremendous success as the teams played in front of a sellout crowd of 11,082 fans who witnessed the first professional hockey game played in Baltimore since 1997. The Capitals organization was overwhelmed with the support from the city of Baltimore and our fans in Maryland, and we look forward to bringing this event back to the city in the near future.

Read more on the Capitals at Japers' Rink and SB Nation DC. Stick with this StoryStream for more coverage of the NHL labor situation, and for coverage across the National Hockey League head over to SB Nation's hockey hub.