NHL cancels games through Nov. 30

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The National Hockey League announced the cancellation of its 2012-13 regular-season schedule for the entire month of November on Friday.

"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," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in a statement.

"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."

The move comes one week after games through Nov. 1 were excised, and eight days after the league rejected three separate proposals presented by the NHLPA.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman submitted a six-year offer to the NHLPA on Oct. 16, one that included a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and allowed for a full 82-game season to begin on Nov. 2. The league's self-imposed deadline for the players' union to accept that proposal expired on Thursday.

The lockout, which began on Sept. 16, has now caused the cancellation of 326 regular-season games.

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