Lockout Officially Lifted: Training Camps Open, Schedule Released

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Christmas came for the second time in just a few weeks for fans as NHL Comissioner Gary Bettman announced bright and early on the morning of Sunday January 6th that the NHL and NHLPA had reached a tentative deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was ratified by the players via electronic vote this past Saturday.  While the official documents will take some time to be drawn up by league lawyers, both sides signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding this weekend which allowed the league to officially lift the lockout which lasted 119 days. 
Truncated training camps opened early sunday morning with little time to prepare for the 48 game shortened sprint of a season which is set to open this saturday the 19th.  All thirty teams will be in action on opening day. Full schedule can be found here.
Let the games begin!

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