Say what you want about Christmas, but right now I can't imagine anything better than what I woke up to yesterday morning.
If you're like me, you opened your eyes, rolled over to pick up your smartphone and saw some form of this news: The NHL and the Players Association have tentatively agreed on a deal to end the lockout. We can't comment too much until a deal is ratified, and we won't go into the details of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, but it's enough to say this:
HOCKEY IS BACK
Nothing is set in stone yet, but here is what we do know:
- The season will start as either a 50-game schedule on January 15 or a 48-game schedule on January 19. It should be known that the Ducks won't open at home on the 19th because of a show at Honda Center that goes through the 20th.
- The Ducks schedule, in addition to the schedules of the 29 other teams, is being mapped out as we speak and will be released in the coming days. Soon after that is released, tickets will go on sale for individual games, mini plans, etc.
- We will also soon know more on when training camp will open. Keep an eye on this website and our social media outlets for any breaking news on that front.
Bottom line, we're all happy to have Ducks hockey back, especially judging by this smattering of fan responses on social media to the news: http://storify.com/AnaheimDucks/ducks-fans-rejoice-upon-hearing-of-cba-agreement
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