14 Jan 2013

NHL to finally get underway

8:59 am on 14 January 2013

American ice hockey's NHL lockout is officially over and a condensed 48-game season will begin later this week.

The dispute, which was the league's fourth work stoppage in 20 years and the first since a lockout wiped out the entire 2004-05 season, began in mid-September and resulted in billions of dollars in lost revenue for the NHL and players.

The season was originally scheduled to start last October.