VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) -  The National Hockey League has announced the cancellation of the 2012 preseason schedule through September 30th.

In a statement on the league’s website, it blames cancellation of the schedule on “the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.”

Four Vancouver Canucks preseason games have been cancelled.

Vancouver was to play a split-squad home-and-away set with the Calgary Flames on September 24th, a home game with San Jose on September 26th and a road game in Edmonton against the Oilers on the 29th.

The Canucks have offered their season ticket holders a three per-cent rebate credit on their accounts.

This is day four of the current lockout with no official talks scheduled.

NHL Statement:

The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012 preseason schedule through Sept. 30. In addition, the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game, scheduled for Oct. 3 in Belleville, Ontario, has been postponed to 2013.

The cancellation of the schedule was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

While the Kraft Hockeyville game has been postponed, many of the scheduled celebrations in the winning community of Stirling-Rawdon, Ontario, will proceed as planned beginning on Sept. 30.