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The only real winner in this lockout: chain-link fencing, which is getting more play than ever. We were beginning to wonder if the 2013 NHL All-Star game was set to become the Katniss Everdeen of this lockout, inexplicably surviving beyond anybody's wildest fantasies despite coming from Columbus, hockey's hapless version of District 12. But sadly, no. Turns out, the ASG wasn't the Katniss of the NHL Hunger Games. It was Rue. [Related: NHL players' union might enter 'murky world' of decertification ] Not even the lockout can save Columbus from doleful news. All-Star Weekend, along with the schedule through December 14, has been cornered and canceled by the NHL. From their press release: The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through December 14. The NHL also announced the cancellation of the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend scheduled for Jan. 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio. The cancellations are necessary due to the absence of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL. A total of 422 regular-season games -- 34.3 percent of the season -- were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Dec. 14. "The reality of losing more regular-season games as well as the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus is extremely disappointing," said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. "We feel badly for NHL fans and particularly those in Columbus, and we intend to work closely with the Blue Jackets organization to return the NHL All-Star events to Columbus and their fans as quickly as possible." Compassion for Columbus -- who immediately announced refunds -- may be the one thing that unites us all at this point.

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