[JURIST] The NHL [official website] and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) [official website] have come to an agreement in principle [NHL and NHLPA joint statement], ending the longest labor interruption in North American professional sports history. The two groups wrapped up a nine-day collective bargaining session with the agreement, which must still be ratified by the NHL and the players' association. Throughout the 301-day work stoppage, the NHLPA players were locked out [JURIST report] after refusing to come to an agreement regarding salary caps and the 2004-2005 hockey season was ultimately cancelled [JURIST report]. The ratification process is expected to take place next week after which time details of the agreement will be released. From Toronto, the National Post has local coverage.