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Blackhawks postpone training camp festival -- for now

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As expected, the Blackhawks postponed their annual training camp festival, which was scheduled for this Saturday, because of the lockout.

In a press release Sunday morning, the team said the "event will be rescheduled once the team's training camp is determined, at which time, purchased tickets will be honored." The Hawks announced in August that the festival was sold out.

The Hawks' Mad Dash to Madison run also has been postponed. However, full refunds will be given.

With the lockout commencing at 11:01 p.m. Saturday when the collective bargaining agreement expired, training camps have been delayed across the league. Preseason games are expected to be cancelled by the league as soon as Sunday or Monday.

No formal negotiations between the NHL Players' Association and the owners, represented by commissioner Gary Bettman, were held Saturday, and it's uncertain when they will start up again.

During a lockout, players' contact with teams is very limited. Essentially, there is none. They aren't allowed to participate in promotional activities or other team functions.

The NHL issued the following message to fans when the CBA expired:

"Despite the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the National Hockey League has been, and remains, committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the Players and to the 30 NHL teams.

"Thanks to the conditions fostered by seven seasons under the previous CBA, competitive balance has created arguably the most meaningful regular season in pro sports; a different team has won the Stanley Cup every year; fans and sponsors have agreed the game is at its best, and the League has generated remarkable growth and momentum. While our last CBA negotiation resulted in a seismic change in the League's economic system, and produced corresponding on-ice benefits, our current negotiation is focused on a fairer and more sustainable division of revenues with the Players -- as well as other necessary adjustments consistent with the objectives of the economic system we developed jointly with the NHL Players' Association seven years ago. Those adjustments are attainable through sensible, focused negotiation -- not through rhetoric.

"This is a time of year for all attention to be focused on the ice, not on a meeting room. The League, the Clubs and the Players all have a stake in resolving our bargaining issues appropriately and getting the puck dropped as soon as possible. We owe it to each other, to the game and, most of all, to the fans."

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How much do the owners and players have to make before they price the fans riog out of the games ?

Bensenville, Ill. – With the National Hockey League lockout in full effect, it’s time to look to the Chicago Steel to get your hockey fix this season. The Steel play their home games at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville and are adding a few new ticket options for Chicagoland hockey fans looking to enjoy the upcoming winter by watching the future of professional hockey at an affordable price.

The Steel are not a high school hockey team, but an elite program that recruits and develops some of the world’s best 16-20 year old hockey players. As a member of the United States Hockey League, the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league, the Steel have earned a reputation for producing NHL prospects. In 12 seasons of USHL play, Chicago has produced 24 NHL Draft picks, including two first round selections. This season, the Steel boast two 2012 NHL Entry Draft picks in Mackenzie MacEachern (67th overall to St. Louis) and Jaccob Slavin (120th overall to Carolina).

As a result of the NHL strike, the Steel would like to offer a “Lockout Ticket Package”. For only $40, you can get four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, four pucks signed by MacEachern and Slavin, a locker room tour, and free parking.

Blackhawk and Chicago Express season ticket holders from the 2011-12 season, can also purchase discounted Steel season tickets and flex plans simply by showing their 2011-12 season ticket invoice. For $150, you can cheer on the Steel at all 32 home games and for $60 you get 12 undated ticket vouchers and can select the games that work best for you.

For more information on how you can watch the Steel play with heart and passion, please contact the Chicago Steel Ticket Office at 630-594-1161.

The Steel will open up the 2012-13 USHL regular season at home on Friday, Sept. 28 against the Indiana Ice. Puck drop for the Indiana contest is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Edge Ice Arena.

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