NHL Scraps Games Through Jan. 14 as Lockout Continues

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The latest cancellations put the league one step closer to calling off the entire hockey season after 50.8 percent of contests have been axed.

TORONTO – Calling off the entire NHL season may not be far off.

The league Thursday moved to cancel slightly more than half of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule, as it axed all games through Jan. 14.

That represents 625 regular-season games, or 50.8 percent of the season scrapped, as the league and the NHL Players Association continue talks on a new labor deal without success.

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Team owners and their locked-out players haven't negotiated on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement since last week, with no new dates planned ahead of Christmas.

Worse for North American broadcasters like NBC Sports and the CBC in Canada, the NHL may be one step away from canceling the entire season if it runs out of games after mid-January to fill arenas.

The NHL scrapped the entire season absent a new labor deal in 2004-05.