NHL season to open next Saturday

Updated: January 13, 2013, 11:41 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- NHL hockey is finally back, and this time it's official.

Nearly one week after a tentative labor deal was agreed to by the league and its players, the sides agreed to a required memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Saturday night that truly makes the lockout a thing of the past.

Training camps will open on Sunday, and a 48-game regular season will begin next Saturday. The signing of the MOU also paved the way for the NHL to release the long-awaited revised schedule.

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