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No, you're not reading the title wrong. The NHL is back! After negotiating for over 16 hours yesterday (and into today), the NHL and NHLPA came to an agreement on the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement at approximately 4:40 am today. No information regarding the number of games teams will play or the schedule has been released yet.

Hockey fans can now go back to cheering for their teams, and not for "progress" on the CBA talks. This could not have been possible without the help of federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh, who worked tirelessly to ensure that a deal would get done. Basically, Beckenbaugh saved the sport of hockey. If he had not been involved in the negotiations, it is very possible that these rounds of negotiations could have blown up and we could have lost the full season. Thankfully, that was not the case. While a deal should have been reached in September, at least we can be happy that a deal was reached before a full season was lost. 

On a personal note, I look forward to following and covering the NHL again, as I have been doing on Power of the Puck since April. I am especially looking forward to watching NHL hockey again, as I am sure all of you are too. Thank you to all of my readers for staying with me throughout the lockout. Let the games begin!



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