NHL Players Approve Collective Bargaining Agreement With Owners

The National Hockey League Players’ Association approved the new collective bargaining agreement reached with the owners last week.

While the vote ratifies the 10-year agreement between the sides, a written memorandum of understanding must be completed before the deal becomes final, the union said in a statement.

The two sides will continue to work on the memorandum, the union said. Once it’s completed, training camps can open and the schedule for a lockout-shortened season will be announced.

The NHL’s Board of Governors approved the new agreement on Jan. 9. The two sides agreed on the contract’s framework three days earlier, ending a shutdown that began on Sept. 16 and forced the cancellation of over 600 games.

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