NEW YORK -- NHL players will have 36 hours from Thursday night until Saturday morning to vote on the new labour deal that would end the four-month lockout.
The players' association announced that electronic voting began Thursday at 7 p.m. CST and will last until Saturday at 7 a.m. The union said it will announce the result after voting is finished.
If a majority of the more than 700 players choose to accept the deal that NHL owners unanimously ratified on Wednesday, training camps will open Sunday, and a 48-game regular season will begin Jan. 19.
A memorandum of understanding that has been in the drafting process by the two sides this week must be signed before training camps open.
The players' association wanted as much of the document as possible to be completed before voting began.
Leading up to Thursday's start time for voting, the union has been busy calling players and agents to educate them about the changes and additions to the tentative agreement.
-- The Associated Press