Despite doing damage to the game once again, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed in principle to settle the lockout and return to playing hockey. There are still several fans who feel disrespected, as well they should, but the overwhelming feeling across social media platforms is excitement.
A quick search of Twitter will show fans messaging their favorite players already rooting them on and hoping for a Stanley Cup. There are still others who claim to have lost interest and no longer care what happens and while that may be true in a few instances, for the most part fans have shown time and time again after pro sports labor stoppages that they will return eventually.
There remains the unsigned agreement though and with ups and downs of these negotiations, there are still some who are not ready to jump for joy just yet. Until an agreement is signed, there’s still the chance that there is no hockey, although highly unlikely.
The big question for fans will be — how many games, what is the schedule for my favorite team and when do they start?
Early guesses are a 50 or 48 game schedule, within your team’s conference only and games beginning either January 15 or January 19.
This may not leave a lot of time for fans to act if they choose to attend games so keep an eye on SelectATicket.com if you want to buy hockey tickets this season. You may find some deals as season ticket holders may find themselves unable to attend some games or less desirable matchups come to light, could result in a market surplus of tickets. But there will certainly be some must-see games as well, Devils vs Rangers, Rangers vs Islanders, Devils vs Flyers – all of these are always hot tickets no matter when they’re played!