NHL Cancels European Games, Rookie Games

Reports on Wednesday afternoon are that the NHL has already made a number of significant cancellations, preparing for a potential work stoppage in the fall.

According to TSN, the season-opening games played overseas will not be held for the first time since 2007. The Blackhawks opened their 2009-10 season with games in Helsinki, Finland.

Sportsnet is also reporting that two organizations have confirmed the September Young Stars rookie tournament in Penticton (BC) has been cancelled by the Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets due to “logistical” issues. The Detroit Red Wings will reportedly wait until Sept. 1 to make a decision regarding their rookie tournament, held annually in Traverse City, MI.

The Blackhawks sent prospects to the Maple Leafs’ rookie tournament in Oshawa, Ont., last year. The Leafs hosted the Hawks, Senators and Penguins. No word yet on the future of that tournament has been given.

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