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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says sorry to fans

1/9/2013

Gary Bettman says he's sorry.

The commissioner of the NHL is apologizing to hockey fans for the lockout that delayed the start of the season by three months.

Bettman understands the apology won't ease all the hard feelings and ill will that fans have built up over the last few months but he does feel they deserve one.

"We have a lot to do to gain back your support,'' said Bettman.

The apology was made suring a news conference to announce NHL owners have voted in favour of ratifying the new collective bargaining agreement with players reached last Sunday.  It's expected the players will ratify the vote later this week. Once that happens, training camps would likely open on Sunday.

The NHL is looking at a 48-game season that would kick off January 19.  There would be no exhibition games as a result.  An official schedule is expected shortly.

A 48-game season was played following the 1994-95 NHL lockout and that allowed for a balanced intraconference schedule in what was then a 26-team league.

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