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NHLPA ratification of CBA is final step to ending lockout

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NHL players will vote from 8 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Saturday to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement and officially end the lockout, the Players’ Association said Thursday.

Players will vote electronically, via secret ballot, for 36 hours. A majority is required to vote in favor of the new CBA for it to become official.

The NHLPA said it will send out a release Saturday morning once the voting is complete. As long as the CBA is ratified, and it will be barring a stunning development, training camps, including the Washington Capitals’ one, will then open Sunday.

The 48-game regular season will begin Saturday, Jan. 19. Expect the NHL to release the schedule as soon as players ratify the deal. It is not doing so before because commissioner Gary Bettman said it did not want to be “presumptuous” about the players’ vote.

The NHL Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve the CBA.

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