NHL owners voted unanimously in favor of ratifying the new collective bargaining agreement.
The players aren't expected to start their ratification vote until Friday. It will take place electronically over two days and needs majority support from the roughly 740 union members to pass. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman briefly addressed the fans during the announcement and said he was "sorry." He continued, "I know that an explanation or an apology will not erase the hard feelings that have built up over the past few months but I owe you an apology nevertheless."