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Friday, October 26, 2012
Lockout wipes out 15 more Hawks games

By Jesse Rogers

CHICAGO -- The league's announcement on Friday that all November games in the NHL have been canceled due to the lockout means 15 more Chicago Blackhawks games are wiped out, including the annual circus trip.

The Hawks lost two games against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings along with contests against rivals San Jose and Vancouver. An Original Six matchup between Chicago and Toronto has been canceled as well as a showdown with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Every year around Thanksgiving, the Blackhawks head west for up to eight games due to the circus taking over the United Center, but that trip has now been canceled.

In all, the NHL has canceled the first two months of the regular season with a league-imposed deadline passing on Thursday, meaning a re-worked schedule to play 82 games is now impossible even if the sides worked out a contract for a new collective bargaining agreement.

With Friday's announcement, expect more players to search for work overseas. Patrick Kane announced earlier this week he would play in Switzerland beginning next week.