NHLPA ratifies new CBA, with paperwork to follow

We are another step closer to the NHL's return.

The NHLPA announced Saturday its members voted to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement.

Earlier in the week, the league's board of governors unanimously approved the deal.

After a long and winding road to get hockey back in action, there is, of course, one more step. A memo of understanding must be signed.

The NHLPA released the following statement Saturday:

The members of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) have voted to ratify the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NHLPA and the National Hockey League (NHL).

 While the players' vote ratifies the new CBA with the NHL owners, a written Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) consistent with what the players voted on, must be completed before the Agreement becomes final. The NHLPA and the NHL continue their work to finalize the MOU.

Red Wings training camps, and the other 29 camps across the league are set to open Sunday, with a 48-game season slated to begin Saturday, January 19.

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