The National Hockey League (NHL) ended its 113-day lockout on Sunday when players and owners came to terms on a tentative deal.
The agreement was reached the day after the U.S. junior hockey team won the world junior hockey championship on Saturday by defeating Sweden.
"We have reached an agreement on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement," Commissioner Gary Bettman said at a joint news conference with NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr. "The details have to be put to paper. ... It's good to be at this point."
When asked about the timetable for hockey's return, Fehr said, "we'll get back to what we used to call business as usual as fast as we can."
According to the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Bettman said, "absolutely."
The Los Angeles Kings are the defending Stanley Cup champions.