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NHL Lockout Could End Careers

After last lockout, some players never returned

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For the first time in the 87-day NHL lockout, the drop-dead date for playing even a partial schedule is now within sight. Unless the league and its players can negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement and begin playing games by mid January, the entire 2012-13 season will be lost.

If that occurs, it is likely hockey will lose several prominent players whose careers will come to an end because of the lengthy layoff.