NHL owners have ratified the tentative labor deal. All that now remains is player approval to finally start the hockey season. The league's board of governors met Wednesday in a Manhattan hotel and votged on the agreement that was reached early Sunday on the 113th day of the NHL lockout.
Players are expected to vote Friday and Saturday. If two thirds of the more than 700 members agree to the terms, training camps can open Sunday. An expectded 48-game season can then begin January 19th. The NHL has yet to release a new schedule.