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Minnesota Wild Back On The Ice As Lockout Officially Ends

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ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Minnesota Wild players were on the ice, Sunday, for the start of training camp.

The NHL and players’ association have signed a memorandum of understanding, ending the lockout.

Less than a week after the league and the union worked all night to secure an agreement to save the season, players followed team owners and approved the tentative deal that was reached last Sunday — the 113th day of the lockout. The Wild started unofficial team workouts, on Monday.

The 48-game season will begin Jan. 19 without any preseason games in advance, assuming there are no more glitches in negotiations. The Wild will take on the Colorado Avalanche.

Single game tickets go on sale Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, and at noon on Wild.com.

The Wild will also host a day long Let’s Play Hockey Celebration. Along with ticket sales, there will be a free red versus white intra-squad game at the Xcel Energy Center. That game starts at 7 p.m.

Fans will need a ticket to attend. Season ticket-holders can print their tickets from their online account, other fans will find the free ticket at Ticketmaster.com. All fans will receive a $10 concession voucher. Autographed jerseys will be given away throughout the event.

A total of 510 games, the Winter Classic and the All-Star game were all casualties of the four-month lockout that began Sept. 16. The regular season was supposed to open on Oct. 11.

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