Today the NHLPA completed their 36-hour voting process to ratify the CBA.
TORONTO (January 12, 2013) – 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.
The importance of the Memorandum of Understanding is equal to that of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Due to the length of a typical CBA, it will take weeks before one is completed. A MOU serves as a temporary CBA until the actual document is finished. The current hope is the MOU will be completed tonight.
Training camps are set to begin tomorrow and games will begin January 19th.
We’re one step away, hockey fans. When the MOU is signed by both the NHL and NHLPA, the lockout will officially be over.