NHL fans everywhere woke up on Sunday morning to a statement they had been waiting to see for 113 days: The NHL lockout is over.
With the NHL and NHL Players Association finally coming to terms on a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement, NHL hockey will be returning to arenas across North America in a matter of weeks.
In addition to all the fans rejoicing at the return of their beloved sport, so too were the players. With some still overseas with their lockout clubs and others at home, they all were reunited by the return of the NHL:
So I guess it's time to jump on my bed again?— John Carlson (@JohnCarlson74) January 6, 2013
Woke up to some great news...Big thank you to all who put in countless hours to get this thing done @nhlpa— Matt Moulson (@MMoulson) January 6, 2013
Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) January 6, 2013
20 hour day of negotiations and straight to airport for a coast to coast flight... At least I'm coming home happy!— George Parros (@GeorgeParros) January 6, 2013
Scot Beckenbaugh, next time I'm in NYC, dinner is on me. Thanks for helping get us back on the ice. #NHL— Sam Gagner (@89SGagner) January 6, 2013
That was fast, one minute I'm bussing to our next game and the next I'm standing with my bags in hand at a random train station..— Bobby Ryan (@b_ryan9) January 6, 2013
From my grandparents to our B’s fans, I am deeply sorry that we had to miss so much hockey. All we can do now is play our hearts out for you— Andrew Ference (@Ferknuckle) January 6, 2013
That's some nice little news to be woken up to.... Tentative deal has been reached and lockout is over.— Daniel Winnik (@Danwinnik34) January 6, 2013
Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) January 6, 2013
Mathieu Darche (@matdarche52) January 6, 2013
Let's play hockey! been on the road for an hour planning to get to STL a few days ahead of time, but maybe I was just a few hours ahead— David Perron (@DP_57) January 6, 2013
Best day of my life! #theend— Mike Green (@GreenLife52) January 6, 2013
Finally— Dustin Brown (@DustinBrown23) January 6, 2013
You can say that again, Captain King.