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NHL, Union Reach Tentative Agreement

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Kevin Gilmore, Marc Bergevin and Geoff Molson of the Montreal Canadiens leave the leagues legal offices following the National Hockey League Board of Governors meeting on December 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Kevin Gilmore, Marc Bergevin and Geoff Molson of the Montreal Canadiens leave the leagues legal offices following the National Hockey League Board of Governors meeting on December 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL and the players’ association have announced a tentative labor agreement that will save the hockey season.

A marathon negotiating session that lasted more than 16 hours and stretched from early Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning produced a deal that will ultimately end the lockout that has reached its 113th day.

The 10-year deal still must be ratified by a majority of the league’s 30 owners and the union’s membership of approximately 740 players.

The NHL avoided the embarrassment of having a second season lost because of a labor dispute when no other North American sports league ever had to cancel one. A lockout eight years ago that ushered in a salary-cap system to hockey for the first time wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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