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NHL owners to vote on contract Wednesday

Updated: January 8, 2013, 4:28 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- NHL owners will vote Wednesday on the tentative labor agreement reached with the players' union.

If a majority approves, as expected, the NHL will move one step closer toward the official end of the long lockout that began Sept. 16.

As of Tuesday afternoon, a memorandum of understanding of the deal hadn't been completed, so the union has yet to schedule a vote for its more than 700 members. A majority of players also must approve the deal for hockey to return to the ice.

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