The first person to break the news (kinda) was a player. Then Adrian Dater of the Denver Post promptly followed. Both men’s message? A tentative deal between the National Hockey League and the Players Association had been reached!
Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference – from the negotiating room no less – tweeted a thumbs up at 4:02am Central. Then, just three minutes later, Dater tweeted the following:
Deal is done! firstname.lastname@example.org
— adater (@adater) January 6, 2013
And then the blitz happened. Everyone from TSN’s Aaron Ward to Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun took to social media reporting that there was, in fact, a tentative agreement. “Tentative” meaning that the majority of the ownership contingency as well as the 700+ member of the NHLPA must ratify the agreement in place. Once that’s done, NHL hockey will officially be back.
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