The NHL officially has canceled more than half the 2012-13 season with the announcement Thursday that all games through Jan. 14 have been wiped out by the failure to reach a new labor pact with players.

For the Sharks, the latest development means another six games, including four at HP Pavilion against St. Louis, Philadelphia, Detroit and Minnesota have been dropped from the schedule.

Based on NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's previous statements that any partial season would need to have at least 48 games, this could be the final segment of games to be axed before the entire season is lost.

When a partial 48-game season was salvaged in 1995, the new collective bargaining agreement was announced on Jan. 11 and the games began nine days later.

For Sharks season-ticket holders who paid on the installment plan, their December refund check will not include the latest cancellations. Those checks should reflect another 11.3 percent of each fan's investment based on games lost through New Year's Eve.

At this point the league has canceled 625 regular season games, or 50.8 percent of the schedule.



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