On September 15th, 2012, the NHL began the first official lockout since 2005, when the league had to cancel the entire season. It wasn't a pretty sight then, and it isn't any better today.
The owners are tired of losing money on their investments, so they want to increase revenues by decreasing the amount of money they give to the players. That is it in a nutshell.
Of course, there are other things looming, but we aren't here for that. We are here to enjoy the NHL Ice Girls and let them soften the fact that maybe, just maybe, we will not be watching professional hockey this year. It has happened before.
So hang up the Flyers and Red Wings jerseys for now, sit back and enjoy yourself some of the finest ladies on the ice.