Red Wings won't have Joe Louis Arena available for start of training camp

Gregory Shamus

Although the NHL lockout appears to be over, the Detroit Red Wings won't immediately be able to use Joe Louis Arena for training camp.

The Detroit Red Wings may be able to begin training camp following the agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association that ended the lockout on Sunday, but they won't be able to do it at Joe Louis Arena. The Detroit News' Ted Kulfan reports that the Red Wings' home is currently occupied by Ford for an auto show, and the arena won't be available to the hockey team until Jan. 15.

Kulfan reports that, in the meantime, Detroit will likely practice at a public ice rink.

The lockout that began on Sept. 15 ended Sunday morning in a verbal agreement between the NHL and its players' association. It officially lasted 113 days with 510 games being cancelled.

Tentatively, the agreement for a new collective bargaining agreement is expected to be for 10 years with a mutual opt-out clause after eight years. The written terms of the agreement are still to be determined.

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