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2005 NHL Lockout

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On February 16, 2005:

Game Off! NHL Cancels Remainder of Season

By IRA PODELL, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK - The NHL canceled what little was left of the season Wednesday after a series of last-minute offers were rejected on the final day of negotiations.

A lockout over a salary cap shut down the game before it ever got a chance to start in October. Now the NHL, already low on the popularity scale in the United States, becomes the first major pro sports league in North America to lose an entire season to a labor dispute.

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