GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17: Andrew Ference #21 of the Boston Bruins watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on October 17, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Bruins 4-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
NHL players and fans have spent the last few months wondering whether hockey would ever come back.
On Sunday morning, after several instances of coming close to a deal only to see it slip away, the NHL and players’ association finally reached a tentative agreement that both sides could get behind. While the final details are still being worked out, the agreement was strong enough for celebration to start.
The Bruins’ Andrew Ference was one of the first to signal that a deal had been made, tweeting a simple thumbs up in the early-morning hours (5:02 a.m. ET).