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The NHL lockout continues and hockey fans could be in for a long winter.There has been recent communications between the NHL Players' Association special counsel Steve Fehr and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. However the stalemate continues, making it likely that the Winter Classic will be cancelled.

Reports say that the NHL Winter Classic will be cancelled on Thursday by the NHL. It was scheduled for New Year's Day outdoors at Michigan Stadium between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detriot Red Wings. Currently the NHL has cancelled all games scheduled through the month of November.

We can still enjoy hockey here in central Maine. The Portland Pirates season is underway and a handful of games are also scheduled to be played at the Colisee in Lewiston.