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Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

The lockout is finally over

Posted Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 11:51 AM

Game on!
Four the past four months, hockey fans have been waiting for yet another NHL lockout to end. Day after day checking the updates, waiting for some good news.

It may have seemed like an eternity, 113 days to be exact, but hockey is back! In two days the Chicago Blackhawks will open the season against the Los Angles Kings.

While I'm a bit disappointed that the first game will be away, there is no doubt that I will be in attendance to my fair share of games this season.

It feels odd that we will be starting our hockey season during the very heart of winter rather than late fall when it's still decently warm weather, I along with thousands of hockey fans cannot wait.

As the news of the lockout ending spread through various forms of social media, I got several text massages from friends who also could not contain their excitement. My brother and my dad called me that day to tell me the good news, their voices more excited than I've head in quite some time. I'm still on a high thinking about it. I cannot wait for opening night at the United Center.

I will admit to losing some faith of having a season this year, mostly due to the worst commissioner ever, Gary Bettman. After three lockouts since 1993 under Bettman's rule AND 2,208 regular-season games cancelled, I think it's time for a change. However, words cannot explain one's happiness when hearing the news that your favorite team will actually be returning to the ice.

Having a hockey season means I once again get to spend time with my big brother, Adam. It means hopefully adding to my bobble-head collection, taking road trips for games and late nights of celebrating a Hawks win.

So, as Saturday draws near, I cannot wait to once again wear my red Blackhawks jersey. I'm looking forward to spending many late nights with my brother watching hockey again.

Go Hawks!

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