NHL players to start training

NHL players will head to training camps on Sunday after the labour lockout was formally ended on Saturday night.

The league and the NHL Players Association reached a tentative deal last weekend to end the four-month lockout, and last night agreed to the required memorandum of understanding that allows players to return to work on Sunday.

The new collective bargaining agreement will run for 10 years - the longest in league history - and will see hockey revenues split 50-50 between the owners and the players.

The NHL has announced a compacted 99-day schedule for the remainder of the 2012-2013 season, opening on January 19, with each team playing 48 games.

The regular season will run until April 27, with the Stanley Cup play-offs opening three days later.

There will be no pre-season contests.