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Games lost: 6; total 140.

Games canceled: 52.

Negotiating session: No, but league officials did meet with representatives of the referees and linesmen, who are concerned about how long they will be paid during the lockout.

Next negotiating session: None scheduled.

Players take to the ice for charity

Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Brett Hull are likely to be among the stars playing next month in the planned two-night all-star event for charity in Hamilton, Ontario.

The union would like the roster to include Sergei Federov, the league's most valuable player last season, but Federov plans to be in Russia with other NHL Russian players making a five-game tour of places like Moscow and St. Petersburg playing against Russian teams.

"We haven't finalized the format," Ted Saskin, the union's senior director of business affairs, said by telephone from Toronto. "It won't be a traditional hockey game format of three 20-minute periods. But there will be a good number of NHL stars playing in these games."

The games, scheduled for Nov. 10 and Nov. 12, will be televised nationally, at least in Canada, and all proceeds of the games will go to charity, Saskin said.

"As the lockout continues," Saskin said, "we have a lot of talented members who are desirous of playing hockey. The understanding with all concerned parties is if we're fortunate enough to play NHL hockey, this event will be put aside."

Russian stars get ready to tour home

The NHL's Russian stars begin a five-game, 10-day series in Moscow on Nov. 4.

The roster includes Sergei Federov of Detroit, Alexander Mogilny of Buffalo, Vladimir Malakhov of the Islanders, Vitaly Prokhorov of St. Louis, Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov of San Jose and Nikolai Borschevsky of Toronto, who already is in Russia playing for a Russian team.

One fan who won't take it anymore

Chicken cage manufacturer Michael Lewicki of Brantford, Ontario, frustrated over the 26-day-old NHL lockout, drew up legal papers and on Tuesday sued commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL owners for $450-million (Canadian).

Lewicki filed a class-action suit in Ontario Court asking for nominal damages of $50-million, a minimum of $150-million in actual damages, special damages of $100-million and exemplary damages of $150-million. He says he's not joking.

Bettman and the owners, Lewicki claims, "are no longer mentally competent to administer the moneys entrusted to them through the De Facto contract with the Plaintiff."

Lewicki also served suits against the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. An NHL spokesman said that the league had received copies of the claims at its New York office and that they are being reviewed by legal counsel.

Devils' executive ends hockey career

Max McNab, an original member of the Devils' front office when the team moved to New Jersey, retired Tuesday after a 48-year career as a hockey player, coach and executive.

A member of the Detroit Red Wings' Stanley Cup championship team in 1950, McNab spent the past 12 seasons with the Devils. He was their original vice president of hockey operations when the team moved to New Jersey in 1982; the following year, he became the club's general manager.