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NHL owners approve new labor deal


NEW YORK - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman secured unanimous ownership support for the pending labor deal, then apologized to everyone hurt by the long lockout and said he isn’t going anywhere.

The league’s board of governors met in a Manhattan hotel Wednesday and overwhelmingly approved the agreement that was reached early Sunday on the 113th day of the lockout.

Players are expected to vote on the deal today and tomorrow. If a majority of the more than 700 members in good standing agree to the terms, training camps can open Sunday. A 48-game season is likely to begin Jan. 19.

The NHL and the union are still drafting a memorandum of understanding that must be signed before training camps open. AP

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