The NHL, the National Hockey League Players Association and the NHL Players’ Association have met with city officials about possible relocation for the 2017 All-Star Game, which will be played in Toronto.
The NHLPA will be meeting with city councilors in the coming days, but it’s unclear whether the players will be able to participate.
NHL players are scheduled to be on hand at the All-Stars game Friday.
The meeting was held in the morning, but the NHLPA says they received word in the afternoon that the meeting was cancelled.
“The meeting was canceled due to the ongoing issues with the city of Helsinki, and the city has agreed to continue with the meetings scheduled for later in the week,” NHLPA President Donald Fehr said in a statement.
“This meeting was never intended to occur and will be rescheduled at a later date.”
The NHL and NHLPA have been trying to negotiate a new agreement for the NHL to host the game, which was originally scheduled for April 13, 2019.
The players have repeatedly refused to play in the city since they were banned from playing in the first All-star game in 2015.
They were denied the opportunity to participate in the next All-STAR game in 2017 because the city did not renew its contract with the league.
The All-stars will play in Toronto, which has been the home of the NHL since 1988.
The city is seeking $2.3 billion in tax revenue to offset the projected cost of hosting the All Star game.