(SportsData) — The NHL Board of Governors unanimously ratified the terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and the NHL Players Association on Wednesday. The 10-year CBA was previously agreed upon by representatives of the NHL and NHLPA early Sunday morning.
“To the players, who were very clear they wanted to be on the ice and not negotiating labor contracts; to our partners, who support the League financially and personally; and, most importantly, to our fans, who love and have missed NHL hockey, I am sorry,” said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who is the chairman of the Board of Governors. “I know that an explanation or an apology will not erase the hard feelings that have built up over the past few months, but I owe you an apology nevertheless.”
The new CBA will not be official until the NHLPA ratifies the agreement and it is signed. A union ratification vote is scheduled for Saturday and teams are expected to begin practicing Sunday. Bettman announced Wednesday that the new NHL schedule will be released directly after the CBA is signed.
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