NHL Lockout: League Cancels Preseason Through Sept. 30

GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 15: Fans of the Phoenix Coyotes look on dejectedly during Game Two of the Western Conference Final between the Los Angeles Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 15, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The NHL has officially cancelled the preseason through Sept. 30, cutting out four of the Phoenix Coyotes' preseason games.

The NHL said that it has officially cancelled the preseason through Sept. 30, following the failure of the players and league to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. The prior CBA ended on Sept. 15.

That means four Phoenix Coyotes games are scratched off the list. The Coyotes were scheduled to play the Los Angeles Kings twice on Sept. 24, the Anaheim Ducks on Sept. 25 and the San Jose Sharks on the 27th.

Phoenix President Mike Nealy sent a letter to its fans on Sunday, telling them to remain in support of the team despite the lockout.

The Coyotes are hopeful that the duration of the lockout will be brief, and we respectfully ask all our loyal and passionate fans for their patience during this time.

The league's cancellation also includes the preseason classic Kraft Hockeyville game in Ontario, and the Frozen Fury game between the Kings and Colorado Avalanche that was to be played at the MGM Grand.

For more updates on the Phoenix Coyotes, check out Five For Howling or head over to SB Nation's NHL hub.

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