July 7, 2005

NHL, union agree on deal to end lockout -paper

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Hockey League and its
players' union have agreed in principle a new salary deal which
would end a season-long lockout, the Los Angeles Times reported
on Thursday.

If the agreement is approved by the 10-strong NHL executive
committee on Monday, players would be signed up for the new
season, which would begin in early to mid-October, over the
following 10 days.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman locked players out on
September 15 after owners and unions reached an impasse over
proposed changes to the way the league and clubs' finances were