First of all I’ll explain what the NHLPA decertification is: If the NHLPA is decertified there will be no more player association, meaning no more negotiations between the players and the owners. And yes this means no 2012-2013 season.
There is a lot of steps before this happens, right now the players are voting to give permission to the NHLPA comity to decertified the association. This means if the players vote in favor of the decertification it doesn’t mean that it’s a done deal and the NHLPA exists no longer. It only means that the comity would be able to use this as a negotiation tactic to put pressure on the owners to give a better deal.
Unfortunately the league responded by NHL filed a class-action complaint in federal court and a Unfair Labor Practice Charge with the National Labor Relations Board. Bad news for the fans, it only means that the NHLPA and the owners a ready to settle this in court which would take months to get resolve and every hopes of having an NHL season would be gone.
With that said we still have the World Junior Hockey Championship starting December 26, so we will still be able to enjoy some good old hockey played with passion and determination!