NHL, officials' union ratify new contract

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, Last Updated: 8:05 PM ET

Toronto - The NHL and the NHL Officials' Association ratified a new four-year deal on Wednesday.

The new contract, which will run through the 2013-14 season, was agreed to just days before the current season started, but still needed to be ratified by the NHL Board of Governors and the Officials' Association.

"We are pleased to have reached a new agreement with our officials," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "We look forward to working closely will our officials to ensure that the quality of our game continues to be the best that it can be."

No terms of the agreement have been released.

"NHL officials are the best in the world and will continue to bring their dedication to ensuring a quality on-ice product," said Harry Radomski, executive director of the NHLOA. "These negotiations have been reflective of the relationship between the NHLOA and NHL which is characterized by a mutual desire for what is best for the game."


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