The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association agreed on terms early Sunday morning that will end the lockout and allow for an abbreviated 2012-13 season, which will begin this month.
Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLP executive director Donald Fehr met the media together briefly and delivered the news.
“We have reached an agreement on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement, the details of which need to be put to paper,” Bettman said. “… There’s still a lot of work to be done but the basic framework of the deal has been agreed upon. We have to go through a ratification process.”
Details with regard to a schedule for the start of training camps, etc. were not immediately released. According to reports, the league has options for both a 50 and a 48-game schedule.
Plus, an actual document must be drafted and both parties must formally ratify the agreement.
“We have to do the legal work,” Fehr said. “We have to do the constituent communication work. … Hopefully we’re at a place where all those things will proceed fairly rapidly and with some dispatch.”
The lockout began Sept. 15, 2012, upon expiration of the previous CBA. It cost the league the 2013 NHL All-Star Game as well as the league's annual New Year’s Day outdoor contest, the Winter Classic, which this year was expected to set an attendance record for the sport.