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NHL hit by suspension

The NHL have confirmed all games until the end of November have been cancelled because of the ongoing dispute with players.

The 2012/13 regular-season schedule up to November 13 has been scrapped because a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the league is still not in place.

The NHL said in a brief statement: "The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through November 30 because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL."

In total 326 regular-season games, 26.5 per cent of the season, were scheduled to take place between October 11 and November 30, the league said.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly admitted the action was regrettable.

He said on www.nhl.com: "The National Hockey League deeply regrets having to take this action.

"By presenting a proposal to the NHLPA that contemplated a fair division of revenues and was responsive to player concerns regarding the value of their contracts, we had hoped to be able to forge a long-term Collective Bargaining Agreement that would have preserved an 82-game Regular Season for our fans. Unfortunately, that did not occur.

"We acknowledge and accept that there is joint responsibility in collective bargaining and, though we are profoundly disappointed that a new agreement has not been attained to this point, we remain committed to achieving an agreement that is fair for the players and the clubs - one that will be good for the game and our fans."