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Absence of CBA claims annual event

Updated: March 30, 2005, 8:05 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NHL canceled its draft Thursday, the latest casualty of the six-month lockout.

The annual event was scheduled for June 25-26 in Ottawa, but it was scrapped along with the entire 2004-05 season that was called off Feb. 16. The draft can't proceed without a collective bargaining agreement.

Bill Daly, the NHL's chief legal officer, apologized to fans, the city of Ottawa and "to everyone who already had put so much time and effort into creating a memorable weekend ...

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