Lockout Affects Sharks' Home Games

By Erika Okano
|  Thursday, Sep 20, 2012  |  Updated 7:54 AM PDT
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Lockout Affects Sharks' Home Games

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The NHL labor dispute is disrupting every team's schedule, including the San Jose Sharks.

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Fallout from the NHL lockout already being felt in San Jose. The Sharks have canceled two of their pre-season games and more could follow if a deal is not worked out by next week.

The NHL announced Wednesday pre-season games through Sept. 30 will not take place. The Sharks had two games before that date, Sept. 26 in Vancouver Canucks and Sept. 27 at HP Pavilion against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Per Sharks policy, season-ticket holders will not get a refund for that game, at least not yet. Anyone holding individual tickets can get a refund at HP Pavilion if they bought the tickets there. If they bought their tickets through Ticketmaster, their credit card will be credited.

The Sharks have three more pre-season games before the start of the season on Oct. 12. We will find out the fate of those next week.

The Sharks told David Pollack of the Mercury News even if the lockout lasts through the start of the season, it will not layoff employees and will use the time for projects, training and community outreach. There was no word on the possibility of reducing employee pay or reducing the work week.

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