The NHL Players' Association began voting Thursday night on ratification of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that would end the four-month lockout and put teams back on the ice. Electronic voting will continue through Saturday morning, the players' union announced. The results will be disclosed upon completion. A majority vote is needed for acceptance of the new 10-year labor deal. Once the deal is ratified, the players are expected to start training camp on Sunday and open the 48-game regular season on Jan. 19. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the NHL schedule would be released immediately after the players' vote. The league lost 510 regular-season games, the All-Star game and the Winter Classic during the lockout that began Sept. 16.
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