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NHL Lockout Ends, Fans Rejoice

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By: ABC6 News Staff

Hockey is back and fans couldn't be more excited to see the sport return.

"Pumped. Thank God. It's about time. We waited way too long for hockey to start," said Matthew Arruda or Assonet, Mass.

The league and the players union reaching a tentative agreement Sunday morning- paving the way for the players to return to the ice. Dedicated Bruins fans outside the Dunk left wondering what took them so long?

"They could have solved this thing months ago I think. You know we could have gotten a full season in. But as long as the deal gets done and they start playing then I'm happy," said Bruce Gould of Uxbridge, Mass.

With more than 40% of the regular season already canceled some fans are hoping the league can salvage what's left. Others say it's too little, too late.

"I'm not interested in the season. It's a shortened season. It's not going to have any excitement to it," said Jeff Harris of Franklin, Mass.

"It's better than not having any games. It's still good to have some season," said Baylen Lasorsa of Cape Cod.

But it's not just the fans who are excited to see the NHL back in action. Providence Bruins players are now skating for the chance to be called up.

"You know hopefully I get the opportunity to show what I got and hopefully try and earn a spot up there," said LW Chris Bourque of the Providence Bruins.

With Boston's brass watching the players every move the pressure is certainly on.

"In terms of just thinking I have a spot I know that I don't. So we're all still in competition," said Matt Barkowski of the Providence Bruins.

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