by Lisa Brown on 05/17/12 at 10:00 AM ET
The Edmonton Oilers have only participated in this Penticton B.C. tournament for the past two years, but for the past two years it has been eagerly anticipated by the fans. Some make the trip to the British Columbia wine country to get in one last summer vacation as well as to catch an early glimpse of the up and coming Oilers, who are also the only reason to watch Oilers’ hockey some nights, while others are glued to their computer screens to take in the live feed. Regardless of how it has been watched, this tournament has become fairly popular. News of the cancellation broke Wednesday over fears of contract disputes and the upcoming collective bargaining between the NHL and its players Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal writes.
News of the cancellation came on the heels of the announcement that the NHL had served notice to the NHLPA that it wants to redo the current CBA. The deal expires on Sept. 15, so notification had to be served by Friday.
The Oilers would not comment on the cancellation, but it’s hard not to link it to a possible lockout. The NHL has also cancelled its opening regular-season games in Europe, and it is expected that the Detroit Red Wings will scrap their rookie tournament in Traverse City, Mich.
The league and its teams, obviously, do not want to be on the hook for pre-booked hotel rooms and rink rentals if the season is held up by contract negotiations.
Jim Matheson also writes that the tournament hosted by the Detroit Red Wings in Traverse City Michigan is “reported to be on hold with a decision to be made later in the summer.”
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