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NHL: Lockout over as league confirms new season starts on January 19

The puck will drop on a truncated NHL season next Saturday after players ratified a new 10-year labour deal to bring to an end the four-month lockout.

Ice hockey pucks are stacked up as players undergo an informal practice session in Vancouver.
Ice hockey pucks are stacked up as players undergo an informal practice session in Vancouver.

The National Hockey League lockout is officially over and a condensed 48-game season will begin next week, officials have confirmed.

Training camps will open leaguewide later today, with the long-awaited regular season getting under way on January 19 with 13 games.

The memorandum of understanding, essentially an abridged version of the collective bargaining agreement that spells out the terms under which the league and players will operate, was the last obstacle standing in the way of ending the lockout.

Earlier on Saturday the NHLPA said its players voted to ratify the 10-year labour deal the two sides tentatively reached last week after a 16-hour negotiating session.

NHL owners had voted unanimously to ratify the deal on Wednesday.

The puck will drop on the regular season next week with 26 of the NHL's 30 teams in action, including the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings at home to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The dispute, which was the league's fourth work stoppage in 20 years and the first since a lockout wiped out the entire 2004-05 season, began in mid-September and resulted in billions of dollars in lost revenue for the NHL and players.

The season was originally scheduled to start last October.

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